October 13th, 1915

Council Meeting held October 13th at 3 pm.

Members present: Miss Emily Cox (chair), Mrs. J. J. Findlay, Mrs. Withington, Miss Gardner, Mrs. F. E. Ashwell Cooke, Miss Chapman and Mr. H. V. Herford.

An apology of absence was received from Miss Margaret Ashton.

Minutes of previous meeting were read and passed.

Arising out of the minutes Miss Cox reported that Miss Wallwork had not yet been released from Bolton. It was moved by Mrs. Findlay, seconded by Mrs. Cooke and carried that Miss Wallwork be paid for one week’s work done prior to her commencing at the office.

Correspondence. A letter was read from the Trade School of Dressmaking asking for particulars as to hours and wages and trade union organisation in the trade. The Secretary had had an interview with the Headmistress and it was suggested to begin to organise the girls at present in the trade.

A letter was read from the Women’s War Interest Committee giving October 25th as the date of the proposed conference on the question of establishing a £1 per week minimum for the women working in engineering shops.

The Sub-Committee minutes were read.

Painters. The members had decided to suspend payments until the trade was in a better state.

Leather Workers. Several factories had been visited with very little result.

Tin Box Makers. Successful meetings held resulted in the formation of the Women Tin Box Makers’ Union.

Clothiers’ Union. Several large works had been organised and increases varying from 10% to 15% gained. The Hyde branch was asking for increases on some of their prices.

Mrs. Findlay moved and Mrs. Cooke seconded and carried that the Council be represented on the suggested deputation to Sir John Simon re. Child labour in the cotton trade.

Emily Cox November 10th 19 15