26 JULY 1919, Page 2

Mr. Bonar Law announced on Friday week that, as his

offer to the miners had been rejected, the price of coal would be advanoed from Monday. A number of miners in the Midlands ceased work by way of protest. A more serious strike developed in Yorkshire over the question of piece-rates. The Coal Con- troller offered to give the piece-workers an increase of 12k per cent. instead of the 10 per cent. indicated by Mr. Justioe Sankey. The Yorkshire miners' Unions, content with nothing less than 1411 rer cent., made this a pretext for striking. On Saturday lasis they resorted for the first time in many years to the extreme step of calling out the pump workers at the collieries.