Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 08 February 1919
Trouble at Houghton Main
Notices or Reinstatement.
The trouble at Houghton Main Colliery near Barnsley, one of the largest collieries in the Yorkshire coalfield, arising out of the dismissal of an employee who is alleged to have burnt a railway wagon by filling it with hot coke, as not yet been settled.
The men decided by ballot to tender their notices if the man concerned is not reinstated unless the management climb down, which there appears to be no prospect of their doing.
The old pit stead will automatically come to standstill.
A deputation of the members of the Yorkshire Miners Association has visited the management, with the result that the “victim” was offered other employment, at a lesser rate of wages. This, however, he has declined.