12 JUNE 1920, Page 2

Mr. J. H. Thomas, M.P., addressing a mass meeting of

London railwaymen on Sunday, expressed the opinion that " the increase just awarded was the maximum amount, not only that could be obtained now, but the maximum obtainable." He added that the London Council of the N.11,11. had decided to reject the award, but the alternative was inevitably a national railway strike. He declared that they would be mad to embark upon such a strike, and would be ruining their own cause. In the Report of the Wages Board, which is signed by Mr. Thomas as one of the representatives of the railway workers, the hope is expressed that no further attempt will be made to disturb the present settlement " for such period as will facilitate a return to that stability of industry and commerce which is so necessary to the well-being of the community."