The final scenes were being set in Blackpool today (Sunday) on the eve of the Trades Union Congress meeting.
The final scenes were being set in Blackpool today (Sunday) on the eve of the Trades Union Congress meeting. As delegates made final preparations one, Lord Cooper, of the General and Municipal Workers Union, waited to see whether a Court Injunction might stop him from voting. Another Union, the Transport and General Workers', prepared for its attack on the Government's Prices and Pay Freeze. And in the streets of Blackpool members of the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament chose the occasion to stage a demonstration against Britain's Nuclear policies.
The big issue to be discussed at the meeting is the Government's Prices and Wages freeze. The Prime Minister Mr. Harold Wilson will himself be addressing the meeting in an attempt to win the Unions to his side. Many Unions have announced their support of the freeze and many are against it.
Delegates of one Union may not be able to vote. A member of the General and Municipal Workers Union has sought a court injunction the Union's General Secretary, Lord Cooper, and four other Union officials to prevent them voting. The Union's General Council has announced its support of the Freeze policy despite a resolution which the annual meeting of the Union passed expressing opposition to any wage standstill for lower paid workers. The annual meeting was held before the Freeze was announced.
Among those Unions opposing the Freeze is the Transport and General Workers' Union whose General Secretary, Mr Frank Cousins, resigned from his post as Minister of Technology earlier this year. The Executive Council of the Union held a private meeting in Blackpool today.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament staged its demonstration outside the Conference Hall in Blackpool today. The demonstrators carried placards for the banning of nuclear weapons and there were also people with placards calling for the banning of the Prime and Wages Freeze.