Foreign News: Coal Strike?

A coal strike was the gloomy prospect which confronted the British public last week.

The situation in outline was as follows: To assist the coal trade by reducing production costs and to decrease the ever-swelling army of unemployed, the mine owners decided to cancel a national wage agreement with the men and to call for an eight instead of a seven- hour working day. In effect, this raises the workers' weekly earnings.

The Miners' Executive, headed by the extremist A. J. Cook, decided to fight the reduction of pay and declined to consider an eight-hour...

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