23 October 2010

A Penny Earned

From The Glasgow Herald on this day in 1935:

BEITH WORK, FOR THE QUEEN MARY
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FURNITURE MAKERS' WAGE DISPUTE SETTLED
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Agreement was reached yesterday by the Conciliation Board investigating the threat of strike action being taken by furniture manufacturing employees engaged on a subcontract for the Cunard-White Star liner Queen Mary, now fitting out in Messrs John Brown and Co.'s basin, Clydebank.

The claim made by the men and sustained yesterday by the board was that, according to the national agreement, they should be receiving Glasgow rates for their work, which is a penny more per hour than they received from the Beith firm by whom they were employed.

The increase of a penny in the men's wage rates will come into operation immediately.


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