Rushden Echo, Friday, August 15th, 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins
The Monthly Meeting
Co-operative Society and Conscientious Objectors
The monthly meeting of the Rushden and District Trades and Labour Council was held last night at the Trade Union Club, Rushden. Mr. W. H. Marriott (chairman) presided, supported by the secretary (Mr. J. Jackson), and there was a good attendance of members.
Arising out of the minutes. Mr. G. Hunt protested against the Council making the grant of 10s. to conscientious objectors. The funds of the Council, he said, came from many different societies, and if any members wished to make a grant a collection should have been made amongst them.
Mr. E. Coleman objected to certain people in the town being allowed to buy large quantities of coal while most poor people were without and could not get any. He gave an instance of where a Rushden boot manufacturer had bought several tons and had distributed it amongst his employees.
The Secretary read a letter from the Fuel Overseer stating that the Committee Lad no statutory power to use up stocks of coal on hand.
Mr. Bazeley said there was a great idea of muddling in enforcing regulations. The Rushden Urban Council had done their utmost to get supplies. A large quantity was promised to the town, and when it arrived he suggested that the authorities call a parade headed by the band to welcome the coal. (Laughter)
Mr. W. W. Rial said it was unexplained why Rushden had suffered so much more than neighbouring towns. He was certain that Higham Ferrers had not sufferecd so badly as Rushden.
Mr. J. Mould corroborated, and said that as far as he knew no one in Higham had suffered to any great extent through shortage of coal.
The Chairman said that as the local authorities were doing all they could in the matter he thought nothing could be done by the Trades Council.
Mr. C. Lingard introduced the subject of the proposed Cottage Hospital as a war memorial for Rushden, and moved that the Council support the scheme.
Mr. L. Baxter seconded.
The Chairman said he was sorry the matter had cropped up. He did not think it advisable for them to tie their hands a there was such a volume of detail on both the Cottage Hospital and alternative schemes. The town would have to find the money and consequently all the residents of Rushden were entitled to have voice in stating what the memorial should be. It would be quite possible for supporters of either scheme to fill any hall in and carry their own particular scheme. Therefore, the Council would not be helping matters a great deal by voting on one scheme until the whole facts of alternative schemes are known.
Mr. Hunt moved as an amendment that the matter be adjourned.
Mr. Rial seconded.
By seven votes to six it was resolved to support the hospital scheme.
With reference to Mr. A. F. Weale's notice of motion at a recent meeting of the Rushden Co-operative Society, to the effect that the Society sever its connection with the Trades Council on account of the latter making a grant to conscientious objectors, it was decided to have a full discussion at the next meeting of the Council.
The Northants Federation of Trades and Labour Councils wrote enclosing a resolution protesting against the Government compelling unemployed people to go away from home for employment when local work could be given to them.
The Council unanimously supported the resolution.
The Land Nationalisation Society asked for the support of the Council in the Society's propaganda in advocating the Nationalisation of Land.It was decided to ask the Society to send down a speaker to address a meeting at Rushden.
The question of amalgamation with the local Labour Party was left for discussion by a joint meeting of the committees of the Rushden and Higham Labour Parties and the Trades Council.
A resolution protesting against the inequalities of payment of school teachers in the county was passed, and the Secretary was instructed to forward a copy of the same, to the Education Authority asking that equal pay for equal work be given, irrespective of the date of appointment.