4 Minute Books of Lodge Committee Meetings (1936 - 1937, 1962 - 1963, 1977 - 1979, 1980- 1981) and 1 Pay Book [? Morlais Colliery] (1 Aug 1936 - 3 Jul 1937).
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Administrative / Biographical History
Morlais Lodge was a branch of the National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area). Morlais Colliery was sited in Llangennech, near Llanelli.
The Miners' Lodge or Branch is the basic unit of local organisation for the National Union of Mineworkers. It is nearly always organised on a pit/lodge basis. The lodge provides representation of the men to the management, and gives them a single organised economic and bargaining focus at local level, which has access to nationwide support through the echelons of the union at a higher level. Lodge meetings are used at a committee and a general level to highlight problems and to discuss matters relating to almost any aspect of the men's life at the pit. The Lodge has the authority to undertake any functions delegated to it by the Area Executive Committee and has complete control over its own finances. Each lodge is governed by the rule of its constituent association and is governed by a lodge committee. These consist of officers and between six and fifteen others. All officers and members are elected either annually or every two years. Each lodge then elects one delegate to the Area Council.
The records of the Lodge reflect its structure and its work. The records can be broadly divided into four categories. There are minute books which record the committee, general and annual meetings of the Lodge. There are financial records such as subscriptions made to union or welfare funds, as well as income and expenditure returns. There is also correspondence covering a wide variety of subjects. Finally there are administrative records dealing with day to day matters.
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Received in November 1998.
Finidng aid encoded by Julie Anderson June 2003.
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