Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JC31/14
TitleNotebook relating to the South Staffordshire iron trade
Extent1 volume
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DescriptionThis notebook contains Chamberlain's own notes of meetings of the South Staffordshire Mill and Forges Wages Board of which he was appointed President and arbitrator in April 1876, together with cuttings from newspaper reports of these meetings. Much of the business of this board related to arbitration between the iron workers and the employers in respect of the iron workers' wages and the volume includes statements relating to awards and other cuttings relating to arbitration. At the end of the volume is copies of correspondence between Chamberlain and David Dale about the scheme for a sliding scale of wages operated by the North of England Iron Trade Arbitration Board. Chamberlain resigned his position as arbitrator of the South Staffordshire Mill and Forges Wages Board as reported in a cutting from the Daily Post, 7 May 1880.

The volume also contains the original letter inviting Chamberlain to become President of the new Wages Board 'where all Wages questions shall be settled so as to avoid the evils arising from Strikes an
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Custodial HistoryThis volume was formerly in the possession of Julian Amery, Joseph Chamberlain's biographer and this volume passed into the hands of his daughter who presented it to Special Collections, July 2009 as an addition to the papers of Joseph Chamberlain


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