In January 1926,
Employees of the Minto Coal Company were disgruntled for a variety of reasons, not the least of which included a reduction in wages, poor working conditions, poor housing conditions, unsatisfactory sanitary conditions, and the questionable state of mine safety. The Commissioners reported that they had submitted a proposal to bridge the differences between the two sides. The workers rejected the proposal and resumed a prior strike action. Eventually both sides came back to the bargaining table and an agreement was reached on 23 March 1926.
The report also delineated in more detail the complaints made by workers. One example of the Commissioners' findings concerned sanitary conditions at workers' homes. The report stated that there were no water mains laid and no 'sewerage' system in place. Outhouses were 'universal' and only cleaned twice a year. The report stated that the system was "not meeting the needs of worker".
One of the striking things about this report is the paternalistic tone with which the
Commissioners wrote about workers. From the first page it is clear that the Commissioners
were unhappy with the worker representation, namely members of the
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