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Within the Home of Commons yesterday, Mr Joseph Devlin (Nationalist, West Belfast) asked the President of the Board of Commerce whether he was conscious that the York Road Flax Spinning Company, Restricted, Belfast had refused to accede to the demand of their mill-workers for a small increase in wages. Consequently, tons of of those staff have been out on strike. The MP requested whether or not the Minister was aware that the corporate had been making giant profits because the outbreak of the conflict and paying massive dividends, and that out of those profits a bonus of between ten and twenty per cent of their salaries was paid to the officials and staff of that firm, while not one penny was given – or proposed to be given – to the mill-workers.
Mr Devlin asked whether, in view of the condition of semi-starvation to which members of the women workers in the linen commerce in Belfast had been decreased by low wages and the working of quick-time in the mills and factories, he would state the information and figures upon which the employers relied to justify the reduction of their manufacturing to 2-thirds of what it had been and their refusal to pay their workers a dwelling wage.
A meeting of St Mary’s Catholic Association was held of their clubrooms, Kilrea, County Derry on Sunday, Mr William Kelly, NT in the chair. He was assisted by Mr W McKinley and Messrs Charles Mulholland and John Tohill, secretaries. Mr McKinley proposed and Mr John Tohill seconded that Gaelic video games be taken up by the members – hurling and Gaelic soccer. This was carried unanimously.