Yorkshire Evening Post (09/Sep/1891) - The Lock-Out of Navvies at Huddersfield Waterworks

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This morning the dispute between the navvies employed making the new Butterley reservoir on the Huddersfield Waterworks in the Wessenden Valley, Marsden, and Mr. Hughes, the superintendent, was settled. It was arranged that the piece hands should leave work half-an-hour before the day men on the first five days of the week, and an hour before them on Saturdays as hitherto (which the men had stood out for), excepting when hired horses were employed, and then the piece hands will work as long as the day hands if necessary to keep the horses at work a full day. As to the day hands, against some of whom complaints were made that they did not do enough work, a change of gauger has been made, and Mr. Hughes saying he only wants a fair day's work, which the men say they are willing to do. The whole dispute has been amicably arranged. Most of the men who were members of the union have gone away, but all the others commenced work after dinner to-day, and it is said 40 of them have joined the union.