NEWHAVEN ASLEF BRANCH MINUTES

1931

NEWHAVEN BRANCH OFFICERS 

1931

Chairman Bro. J. Giles

Vice Chair Bro. J. Hillman

Secretary Bro. A. Pearce

Assistant Secretary Bro. W. Brown 

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun Jan. 18th 1931

Bro. J. Hillman in the Chair


10 members present 

Bros. W. Brown, E. Eacott, G. Bollen, C. Dotterill, B. Peddlesden, J. Hillman, C. Lower, J. Brock, F. Harris, & A. Pearce.


Minutes of December meeting read, proposed by Bro. E. Eacott and seconded by C. Dotterill. They be accepted as a true record.

Arising from minutes re open meeting, Secretary stated that he had an interview with Driver J. Browning Shed Representative of N.U.R. And he stated that he could not get a meeting of his members so if Secretary did not hear from him in due course our Branch were to hold one it was agreed that Secretary call one as soon as we knew that discussions of National Wages Board were favourable to us.


Correspondence, letter from Head Office re accident to plate layer at Southerham, on December 19th, 1930, in which one of our members, Bro. M. Smith, unduce first aid, owing to a little misunderstanding between the driver of train that knock the platelayer down. Secretary reported matter to H.O.


Letter from Organiser Barton Wilde re reforming a District Council, read and discussed. Pro. by E. Eacott and seconded by G. Bollen that it lay on table.

Receipts for December read, Secretary explained that he had sent in clear books of year 1930.


Any Other Business Bro. Brock asked if Secretary could give any statement re Sunday duty, Secretary explained that had seen Loco Foreman about why he had been placed in shed on Sunday and Foreman explained it was to equalise the shed turns and the pilot link. Bro. Brook asked if shed representative could see Foreman on the matter as he was still of the opinion it could be improved, Bro. Brock gave Secretary an outline of his idea on the matter to hand to Bro. Boyle as a guidance when he saw Foreman Secretary stated that if the findings of the Wages Board were satisfactory by the end of present week he would call an open meeting for Sunday Feb. 2nd .

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun Feb. 22nd 1931

Bro. J. Giles in the Chair


13 members present 

Bros. W. Clarke, W. Brown, F. Wilde, M. Smith, W. Ellis, D. Boyle, J. Giles, A. Charman, C. Wilson, 

A. Norman, C. Lower, G. Bollen & A. Pearce.


Minutes of January meeting read, moved by Bro. C. Lower and seconded by Bro. J. Brock. That they be accepted as a true record.

Arising from minutes from the last meeting re Bro. Brock's suggestion on Sunday duty, Secretary explained that he had explained to Shed Representative Bro. Boyle the suggestion as Bro. Brock had outlined it, Bro. Boyle was asked to give his report on the matter a good discussion took place and it was decided to leave it to the open meeting when it was held.


Correspondence

Letter was read from Secretary of District Labour Party asking us to affiliate to the Party, Secretary explained that we were only allowed funds from General Funds to affiliate to one party and if we did to this one each member would have to pay 2d per year individually, no action was taken, but Secretary asked all members present to join Labour Party which was 1/- per year and he would collect their money and give then a card.

Letter from Local Secretary from League of Nations asking members to attend a meeting in March.

Letter from Secretary of local Labour Party asking for nominations for Local Council Elections, no one to stand.

Circular from Head Office re list of members elected for 1931 A.A.D.

Letter from H.O. explaining that no inquiry would be held re accident to Ganger Stevens at Lewes on 19.12.30.

Letter era re resignation of Official Auditor, receipts for January read, suggestion for 1931 A.A.D. read and discussed. 


Any Other Business Bro. Charman said he was not satisfied that Bro. Ware was in his right place he thinking that if Bro. Collington was doing turns of firing duty in front of Ware he was of the opinion that Shed Spokesman find out for sure where Bro. Ware stood regarding his seniority, a very lengthy discussion arose over this case moved by G. Bollen & sec. A. Norman. 'That Bro. Boyle see Foreman on the matter.'


Secretary next handed in his resignation as Secretary of the Newhaven Branch he explaining that he would like a rest, Bro. Brown was asked to take the position but he declined, a considerable discussion ensued and Bro. Boyle moved & Bro. Norman sec. That Secretary be asked to remain in office until after the findings of the National Wages Board had been given Secretary agreed to adopt this carried.


A considerable discussion came up regarding the procedure at Branch meetings it being thought that a time limit should be placed in items as they came forward. Moved by G. Bollen & sec. By W. Brown. That members give their items to Chairman before meeting to be placed on his agenda. 

Ron Terrill Collection

Unknown, Bill Terrill & Unknown 

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun March 15th 1931

Bro. J. Giles in the Chair.


21 members present 

Bros. F. Wilde, W. Ellis, E. Hillman, E. Eacott, D. Boyle, C. Wilson, E. King, A. Charman, J. Hillman, 

H. Bowden, W. Clarke, C. Barrow, W. Brown, M. Smith, B. Peddlesden, G. Bollen, J. Giles, A. Pearce, 

H. Allison, F. Harris & C. Dotterill


Minutes of February meeting read, proposed by Bro. W. Clarke and seconded by Bro. G. Bollen. That they be accepted as a true record.

Arising from minutes Secretary said that he still willing to relinquish his position as Branch Secretary a considerable amount of discussion was given to this matter. Secretary stated several instances had happened that he thought a change was dutiable. Bro. Boyle said he did not think it was and moved a vote of confidence sec. By C. Dotterill. Secretary decided to stay on till end of year.


Correspondence from Head Office re resignation of General Secretary from Parliament and asking for nominations to fill the vacancy, no nominations was forthcoming.

Circular from H.O. re findings of the N.W.B. And Executive asking members to accept it under circumstances. This was thoroughly debated and it was moved by F. Harris & sec. By A. Clarke. That we reject the findings of the N.W.B. Bro Boyle moved as an amendment & sec. By C. Dotterill. That this Branch very greatly disapprove of the findings of the N.W.B. But in view of the circumstances we can do no other than stand by our Executive in any action they may think for to. Put to the vote the amendment was lost the resolution being carried unam. Secretary being instructed to forward resolution onto Bro. C. Wilson to place before the Special Assembly of Delegates to be held on March 24th 1931.


Correspondence from Bro. Long, he resigning his position as Secretary of Sectional Council and naming his successor as Bro. Jeans of Bournemouth, also thanking members for past assistance.

 

Any Other Business Bro. Boyle laid agenda of open meeting held on previous Sunday and asked if any further items was to be placed on it, Bro. Ellis asked for abolishion of meal hour when cleaning. Secretary stated that it was against the conditions of service and there was no case, Bro. Boyle said he would not do anything against conditions of service.

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun April 19th 1931

Bro. J. Giles in the Chair


11 members present 

Bros. A. Charman, J. Hillman, F. Harris, A. Rookley, A. Lower, W. Goldson, C. Lower, H. Allison, 

W. Brown, J. Giles & A. Pearce.


Minutes of March meeting read, proposed by Bro. J. Hillman and seconded by Bro. A. Charman. That they be accepted as a true record.

Arising from minutes Secretary read correspondence that transpired between him and Bro. Tulett of Horsham re this Branch rejecting the findings of the N.W.B. Also acknowledgement of resolution from H.O.


Correspondence letter read from Organiser Bro. B. Wilde re instruction of No.5 District Council moved by A. Rookley sec. By H. Allison. That Secretary write to Bro. B. Wilde "That this Branch is in full accord of the Council being reconstructed." Carried unam.


Letter from Secretary of Divisional Labour Party still asking this Branch to become affiliated o the same. Secretary explained that he though he could he a quota from Political Levy from Head Office. Moved by Bro. A. Rookley and seconded by Bro. C. Lower. That secretary write to Head Office to see if we could claim a curtain amount from Political Levy. Carried Unan. 


Circular from Manor House Hospital asking the Branch to sell draw tickets for Derby Sweep, to assist in building new wing. Bro. W. Brown and Bro. J. Giles taking the book of tickets to sell them.

 

Circulars from H.O. Re findings of N.W.B. Re acceptance by unions also pamphlet explaining deductions from wages earnt.


Any Other Business Bro. Charman brought up the case of Bros. Ware & Collington re their position in seniority, Secretary explained that he thought that Bro. Boyle had dealt with this matter but as he was not here to give his report he could give no information regarding this matter. Secretary read note that Bro.Boyle had handed to him from Mr. Winslow re ratification of agenda from Waterloo he stating that things would go on precisely the same until the ratification from Waterloo.

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Down Newhaven Boat Train passing through Lewes

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun May 17th 1931

Bro. J. Giles in the Chair


8 members present 

Bros. F. Harris, E. Eacott, J. Giles, A. Charman, W. Brown, H. Allison, D. Boyle 

& A. Pearce.


Minutes of April meeting read, proposed by Bro. F. Harris and seconded by Bro. H. Allision. That they be accepted as a true record.

Arising from minutes, secretary read correspondence from Divisional Labour Party, also receipts for 14/7 the quota allocated from Political Levy, also sending  credentials for two delegate to attend Divisional Meetings. Proposed by Bro. F. Harris and seconded by Bro. E. Eacott. That Bro. A. Pearce be elected.

Proposed by Bro. E. Eacott and seconded by Bro. D. Boyle. That Bro. H. Allison stand, elected Unan.


Arising from minutes re Bros. Ware and Collington position, Secretary stated he would interview Foreman on matter.


Correspondence from Sheffield Branch with list asking for support for one of their members permanently incapacitated, considerable discussion arose and it was agreed to lay on table.


Correspondence  from Bro. Barton Wilde Resuscitation   of Divisional Council No.5, he stating he would let us know result of voting.


Agenda of Annual Assembly of Delegates read.

 

Bro. Boyle gave his report on meeting with Company's side on agenda formed. This was thoroughly debate and many question were asked and it was though that was very unsatisfactory.


Receipts for April returns read by Chairman


Any Other Business, Secretary said it he had a very unpleasant business to do to lay before the Branch concerning several members arrears. Secretary was asked if had sent summons to them, he explained that he had interviewed members as well agreed that nothing could be done. 

  Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun June 21st 1931

Bro. J. Hillman in the Chair


5 members present

Bros. J. Hillman F. Harris, J. Brock, H. Allison & A. Pearce


Minutes of May meeting read, proposed by Bro.J. Hillman and seconded by Bro. F.. Harris. That they be accepted as a true record.


Receipts for May returns also receipts for draw tickets for Golder’s Green Hospital.


There being no correspondence and only five members present the Chairman gave permission for a formal discussion.

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun July 19th 1931

Bro. J. Giles in the Chair


7 members present 

Bros. J. Hillman F. Harris, J. Brock, C. Lower, H. Allison, J. Giles & A. Pearce


Minutes of June meeting read, proposed by Bro. F. Harris and seconded by Bro. C. Lower. That they be accepted as a true record.
Correspondence Circular from H.O. re circular resolution at this years A.A.D. giving Chairman Gold Medallion for five years consecutive office of branch.
Receipts for June returns read,
Any Other Business, Bro. Harris brought to notice of Branch the state of lavatory at Shed, agreed that Shed Spokesman see Foreman on the matter also oiling regulators.
Secretary read letter from Bro. Hamblin re his arrears  enclosing 7/7 with promise to pay the rest. Secretary explained he had crossed Bros. Hamblin, Bridger & Bollen from books last month. Agreed that Secretary write Bro. Hamblin, that he must pay up forthwith and leave the matter in hands of Secretary .

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun Sept. 12th 1931

Bro. J. Giles in the Chair


7 members present 

Bros. A. charman, B. Piddlesden, F. Harris, W. Brown, J. Brock, J. Hillman & A. Pearce


Minutes of July meeting read, proposed by Bro. F. Harris and seconded by Bro. J. Brock. That they be accepted as a true record.

Arising from the minutes of the last meeting, Secretary explained that he had interviewed Foreman re state of lavatory at shed and he had promised to put matter right also oiling regulators.


Correspondence 

Circular from General Secretary re Union’s Finance read

Circular from re recruiting members from outside the organisation into the N.H.S. Section

Circular from General Secretary re rises in Parliamnet also resolution of Executive to stand by him in supporting the Labour Party to oppose the present Government.


Letter from Head office re Resuscitation   of No. 5 District Council and also asking for delegate to attend a meeting at Head Office on Sunday October 11th, at 11.30 a.m.

Proposed by Bro. Peddlesden and seconded by Bro. A. Charman. That Bro. A. Pearce attend same. 


Any Other Business, Bro. Peddlesden moved & Bro Charman seconded. 'That Secretary write to Bro. Boyle asking to please state why he had not attended meetings, why he had not posted results of findings of the recent agenda in Shed.


Secretary brought before notice of  Branch convening a room at Labour Club for holding meetings, several questions were asked re the price. Secretary stated he thought the price would be the same. Proposed by A. Charman & seconded by W. Brown. 'That we hold meetings at Labour Club, our first meeting being Jan. 1931.'


Bro. Charman asked Secretary if he could see Foreman to get his seniority with Bro. W. Ware, Secretary advised him to see Foreman himself and then go through the usual course of  seeing Shed Spokesman.

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun Oct. 18th 1931

Bro. J. Hillman in the Chair


7 members present 

Bros. F. Harris, D. Boyle, E. Brooker, C. Lower, W. Lower, H. Allison & A. Pearce.


Minutes of September meeting read, moved by Bro. H. Allison and seconded by Bro. D. Boyle. That they be accepted as a true record.

Arising from the minutes of the last meeting, Secretary gave a report of meeting which he attended as delegate from this Branch, on reforming of Southern Council No. 5 and Secretary explained that he was only as delegate for that meeting and it was their duty to elect a delegate to attend meetings of Council now it was reformed, next meeting to be on Sunday November 6th, 1931. Moved by Bro. Allison & seconded by Bro. Harris. 'That Secretary still attend.' Carried.

Bro. D. Boyle gave his report on meeting with Company’s side on recent agenda, nothing on the said agenda being ratified.

Circular re nominations for 1932 A.A.D., moved by Bro. A. Pearce and seconded by Bro. A. Lower. That Bro. Boyle be nominated. Carried.

Receipts for September quarter read.

Circular from Head Office re political situation, General Secretary asking all members to vote Labour at the coming election.

Draw tickets for Manor House Hospital tickets by Bros. D. Boyle & Allison 

Letter from Secretary of Labour party, all members of this Branch to assist on the coming General Election.  

Any other business there not being many members present a general discussion took place.

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun Nov. 15th 1931

Bro. J. Giles in the Chair


15 members present 

Bros. F. Harris, J. Brock, A. Pearce, J. Hillman, H. Allison, W. Brown, W. Ellis, J. Giles, S. Lower, 

A. Lower, C. Dotterill, M. Smith, B. Peddlesden, F. Wilde & A. Charman.


Minutes of October meeting read, proposed by Bro. A. Lower and seconded by Bro. W. Brown. That they be accepted as true record.

Arising from minutes, Secretary gave a report of Southern Council meeting held at Head Office on Sunday November 8th 1931.


Correspondence

F.C. acknowledging Bro. Boyle’s nomination to 1932 A.A.D.

Circular from H.O. Re adoption of policy of Society to take and worsening our conditions and wages in the future moved by F. Harris & sec. By A. Lower. That this being a poor representation of members present it be left over until next meeting in the meeting in the meantime Secretary appeal to members to be present at the next meeting to be held second Sunday in December.

Letter from Secretary of Divisional Labour Party, also balance sheet of General Election.

Minutes of Resuscitation meeting of Southern Council No. 5 held on  at Head Office, Sunday October 11th 1931 read.


Election of officers for 1932.


Chairman, 

Bros. W. Brown & J. Giles were nomiated, but both declined. Pro. by B. Peddlesden & seconded by S. Lower.' That J. Hillman stand.' Carried.

Vice Chairman

Proposed by Bro.W. Brown and seconded by Bro. A. Pearce. That Bro. J. Brock stand, Carried.

Secretary 

No nominations will put forward and Secretary explained that he was going to retire this year and nothing would alter his decision, after a good amount of discussion it was agreed to let the matter stand over until next meeting.

Assistant Secretary

Moved by Bro. F. Haris and seconded by Bro. S. Lower. That Bro. W. Brown stand, Carried.

Committee

Bros. W. Elliss, M. Smith, A. Lower, C. Dotterill, J. Brock and F. Harris were elected en bloc.  

Shed Representative, Pro by J. Brock & seconded by J. Hillman. 'That Bro. H. Allison be elected.' Carried. 

Bro. Allison thanked the members present for the confidendence they had placed in him and he would do everything possible that laid in his power, but he would not depart from the National Agreement.

Auditors

Bros. W. Brown & F. Wilde were elected.

Any Other Business Bro. Ellis asked if it was right if they should work turns of firing on Sundays with appointed Fireman as they had done in the past, Secretary pointed out that it controversial to the National agreement for Cleaners to work when appointed men were booked off a considerable amount of discussion over this business took place. Secretary advising two of them to see Foreman on matter re a job Cleaning on Sundays Bros. Elliss & Wilde agreeing to see Foreman and report back to Bro. Allison.

Bro Brock asked if anything could be done re meal time on 'Pilot'. This was debated Bro. Brock moved & seconded by Bro. M. Smith. That Shed Representative see Foreman on matter. he would wait until a junior man was placed in senior mans position and would place matter in Bro. Allison hands.

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Railway Hotel on Sun Dec. 13th 1931

Bro. J. Hillman in the Chair


15 members present

Bros. A. Pearce, J. Hillman, H. Allison, C. Lower, J. Brock, W. Lower, W. Brown, C. Jenner, J. Giles, 

W. Ellis, C. Wilson, F. Harris, C. Dotterill, F. Wilde & B. Peddlesden.


Minutes of November meeting read, proposed by Bro. A. Lower and seconded by Bro. W. Brown. That they accepted as a true record.

Arising form minutes re circular from H.O. Left over from last meeting re future cuts on wages and worsening of our conditions, much discussion took place Secretary explained that he had appealed to members by notice in shed but of no avail only 15 members being present. Bro. Allison moves & sec. By J. Giles. That we of this Branch stand by the Executive in any action they think fit to take.


Election of Secretary, much discussion took place Branch Secretary still adhering to his decision of last meeting. Bro. Harris appealed to Bro. Pearce to still serve. Bro. Brock moves & sec. By W. Ellis. That Bro. Wilde stand. Bro. Wilde said he would have a try and thanked the members present for the confidence they had placed in him put to the vote. Carried unam.


Bro. Brock asked shed spokesman for report on interview with Foreman re meal times on pilot turn. Bro. Allison read letter from Foreman on this matter also a lively discussion ensued re Sunday work for Cleaner. Bro. Brock moved & sec. By A. Lower. That National agreement be brought into operation re Sunday work put to the vote no one would vote so Bro. Brock said he would wait until a junior man was placed in senior man's position and would place matter in Bro. Allison hands.


Bro. Harris said he his name was on list for committee and he did not wish to stand. Moved by Bro. C. Dotterill and seconded by Bro. J. Giles. That his name be recinded, moved by and seconded by. That Bro. Pearce stand in his place. Carried, also Bro. Wilde was now Branch Secretary, he could not stand as Auditor, moved that Bro. A. Pearce.

Nominations for Insurance Agent, proposed by Bro. A .Pearce and seconded by Bro. J. Giles. That Bro. F. Wilde stand. Carried.


Correspondence

Report of mites of last Southern Council meeting era

Receipts for draw tickets of Golder’s Green Hospital read


Any other business

Bro. C. Lower asked Shed Spokesman if he would see Foreman re Tank Engine on 290 turn

Pro. By B. Peddlesden & sec. By C. Lower. "That Secretary write a letter to Bro. O' Dell conveying the best wishes of this Branch to him and his wife on his retirement from Company's service."

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