1937 Cash Bonus, not a holiday


Priory Pit, Blantyre

The miners employed on day shift at Priory Colliery, Blantyre, owned by Messrs William Baird & Co., Ltd., had a pleasant on Thursday 6th May 1937. When they arrived at the surface it was intimated to them that the company was to give every worker over 18 years of age a bonus of 10s, and 5s to all workers under that age, as a Coronation gift. The payment was made whether or not the men chose to work on Coronation Day.

I have to wonder how many people were so dedicated that they collected their bonus but forfeited a holiday choosing just to come in to work anyway! Dixons at their collieries assumed the holiday would be taken and simply gave everybody the paid day off.

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