NEWHAVEN ASLEF BRANCH MINUTES

1942

NEWHAVEN BRANCH OFFICERS 

1942

Chairman Bro. A. Rookley

Vice Chair Bro. W. Clarke 

Secretary Bro. E. King

Assistant Secretary Bro. W. Clarke


Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Labour Club on February 15th 1942

Bro. A. Rookley

8 members present

Bros. F. Cable, W. Clarke, J. Lower, M. Smith, H. Hamblin, J. Hillman, A. Rookley 

& E. King.

Secretary read minutes of previous meeting held December 21st, 1941, after which it was proposed by Bro F. Cable and seconded by Bro. W. Clarke. They be a true record.

During discussing on the minutes item re the change of meeting day, Secretary explained arrangements made with the Secretary of the Labour Club and it was moved, that NO change in day time of place of meeting be made at present. Mention was made of item re working on Sunday following holidays , Bro. Rookley stated that in the proceedings at Southern District Council meeting this matter was discussed and that arrangements had been made between Society & Railway Companies, that men can be booked to work Sunday following holidays upon written notice being given to the men concerned before hand. Bro. Rookley gave a report of the meeting of S.C.Council meeting of February 9th 1942. with regards to staff being retained after 65 years of age this matter laid with the L.D.C. And the conditions obtaining at Depots concerned, and instances were given of Depots where men had been retired at 65. later Bro. Clarke proposed. That Bro. Rookley takes up the retention of men over 65 with a view to the principle of retirement taking place when due as at certain other Depots, Bro. Clarke further proposed. That Bro. Rookley take up with Mr. Urie on the subject of retirements at 65 as effects this Depot and if possible report back to the next meeting. Bro. Rookley then went on to report on the concern being given to both the Society & the Company by the number of accidents, terminating fatally which have taken place recently, worst of which are caused by neglect and by inexperienced men and authorised persons moving engines in steam. With regard to a discussion which ensued on Fire-watching, Bro. Rookley stated that at many Depots, Fire-watching was not performed, except on a volunteer system, and a movement was being sponsored by the Society to obtain exception from Fire watching for all members of the Locomotive Staff if possible. During further stage of Bro. Rookley's report he stated that in response to a question he put on behalf of Bro. W. Terrill. Bro. Bedwell of the S.R. Sectional Council state that a similar case to Bro. Terrill's' seniority was credited to the men concerned, but not any arrears of wages and that according by Bro. Terrill was receiving the same treatment as other men similarly placed. Bro. Rookley stated that men on going to pass the Company's Doctor some where being sent home on account of blood pressure, and asked that before the meeting closed a resolution be sent to Head Office from the Branch re this matter, the feeling of the S. C. Meeting being that this ailment is on the increase due to war conditions and the extra strain caused thereby.

Dealing with the application made by Bro. King, for the temporarily vacant position in 760, Bro. Rookley stated he had sought guidance, and Bros. Bedwell & Corke of Sec. Council stated that link working be unappointed men is worked out by the L.D.C of the Depot concerned by local agreement and as exception was taken by the Railway Company or the Sectional council to such working being put into operation. In reply to a question Bro. Rookley stated that the Company had the right to elevate men in Link working due to the War emergency and at this Depot a temporily vacant position now existed in 760 Duty. It was proposed by Bro. W. Clarke & sec. By Bro. H. Hamblin. That Passed Firemen & Cleaners be booked Driving or Firing duties, nearest their rostered turn after any available job, where booked shall be filled by the senior men. Carried. Continuing his report, Bro. Rookley stated that Motormen at Victoria and Wimbledon had complained of rosters of 9, 9 ½ and 10 hours. The Company claimed that the men could not be supplied by the Loco Depts. The members of these two electric depots requested that it be taken up with the Company, that the staffing of the Electrical Depot be proceeded with. Bro. Rookley concluded by saying that Bro. Sweeney intimated that the Society would no doubt be taking up the question of the soap ration with a view to obtaining an increase of soap for the benefit of our members.

In response to the quest for any other business Bro. Clarke requested Bro. Rookley to take up with Mr. Urie when next they meet the question of the number of men using the Loco Lavatories, some of whom came from the Marine shops and other nearby departments. Bro. Rookley also quoted comments now being made of the Boiler Washer and Fitting Staff using the Enginemen's Lobby. As a final item to the business Bro. Rookley proposed & Bro. W. Clarke seconded. That a resolution be sent to Head Office. That should a men be sent off duty by reason of blood pressure, the Society endeavour by all means, to obtain fall payment of wages for any such men, whilst he is so indisposed. Carried.


2426 WORKING THE 6.10 p.m. 

VICTORIA TO UCKFIELD NEAR SANDERSTEAD

DATE UNKNOWN

Minutes of the Newhaven Branch Meeting

held at the Labour Club on Dec 20th 1942

Bro. A. Rookley

7 members present

Bros. H. Hamblin, W. Giles, M. Smith, J. Hillman, C. Lower, R. Turner & C. Wilson

Secretary read minutes of the last meeting held on 15th February, 1942, after which it was proposed by Bro. J. Lower and seconded by Bro. H. Hamblin. They be a true record. Carried.

During a discussion on items of previous minutes Bro. Rookley answer to questions, stated that men incapacitated by the lathe company's doctors by high blood pressure were paid the rate of workman's compensation, this also applied  to dermatitis and silicroses.

Corresponce was then read by Secretary Circular letter No.59 dealing with the RSNT award No.9 and extracts from the of report of the RSNT were read and discussed and it was proposed by Bro. H. Hamblin and seconded by Bro. M. Smith  'That Secretary write to Head Office, that the Society do not accept the latest example of the Tribunals "Generosity." (Carried). 

There being no other urgent business to hand the Election of Officers for 1943, was proceeded with and is as follows.

Chairman, Bro. A. Rookley, Vice Chairman Bro. W. Brown, Secretary Bro. E. King, Assistant Secretary M. Parsons

Committee, members proposed that this remain as now subject to each Committee men being willing to continue.

District Council Delegate bro. A Richly

Trades Council Delegates Bros H. Hamblin & E. King

Secretary reported that he hd accepted entrance fee and quarters contributions from A, Norman and his action was endorsed by members present.

Branch Committee as compiled by Secretary after date of meeting is as follows

Bros. H. Hamblin, J. Giles, M. Smith, J. Hillman, C. Lower, R. Turner & C. Wilson

There being no other urgent business to hand the Election of Officers for 1943, was proceeded with and is as follows.

Chairman, Bro. A. Rookley, Vice Chairman Bro. W. Brown, Secretary Bro. E. King, Assistant Secretary M. Parsons

Committee, members proposed that this remain as now subject to each Committee men being willing to continue.

District Council Delegate bro. A Rookley

Trades Council Delegates Bros H. Hamblin & E. King

Secretary reported that he hd accepted entrance fee and quarters contributions from A, Norman and his action was endorsed by members present.

Branch Committee as compiled by Secretary after date of meeting is as follow

Bros. H. Hamblin, J. Giles, M. Smith, J. Hillman, C. Lower, R. Turner & C. Wilson


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