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Both cases- Howden v Yorkshire Miners Association (1905) and Denaby and Cadeby Collieries v Yorkshire Miners Association (1906) must be seen in the light of the growing reaction to trade unions at the turn of the century and the attempts of the courts to The Coal Industry, 1550-1947 23 curtail their activities. The Howden case involved the rights of the individual member against his union and as such was a forerunner of the Osborne Judgement as well as of many more recent cases such as Bonsor v Musician's Union (1955) and Rookes v Barnard (1964).

But when the decision was made to fix the exchange rate it was decided to restore the pre-war parity. The policy that was adopted was compounded of hesitancy and uncertainty and the hope that the Americans would allow a domestic expansion sufficient to expand world trade and boost British exports. Whether devaluation would have worked is a moot point. There would have been some prices at which Britain could have sold coal, iron and steel and textiles and retained people in existing jobs but the resulting standard of living might have been exceedingly low.

The magistrates met in Canterbury. The news had spread to other coalfields and colliery bands decided to accompany the culprits. Local colliery workers made it an outing for their 44 Industrial Relations in the Coal Industry families and chartered coaches to take wives and children. The Mines Department authorised the Regional Petroleum Officer to allow petrol for the journeys. 5. Everything on the day was orderly and even festive. Bands played and women and children cheered the procession on its way to the Court.

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