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    Material relating to newsreel story "Premier at TUC" - 50/72.

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    Selected Originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out takes, rushes) for story "Premier at TUC" - 50/72.

    Similar shots to newsreel story. TUC Conference. Brighton.

    MS. Mr. Attlee taking his place on the platform. MS. Mr. Attlee standing by mike speaking. SV. Mr. and Mrs Attlee leaving. Mr Attlee's speech: 'Mr. Chairman, and fellow trade Unionists, I thank you for that kind welcome. It's always an honour and a pleasure to address your conference. We're living in very anxious days, I recently have spoken on the wireless to the nation on what is required from the British people to uphold the democratic way of life. I addressed myself to the whole nation, but I am glad to have this opportunity of speaking the representatives of the organised workers of the country. MS. '.... a distasteful but necessary devaluation of the pound sterling has been having the results which we anticipated in promoting our industrial and economic recovery. But this action by the Governments will not have achieved its objection without the co-operation of all sections of the community and I should like this morning to pay a special tribute to the wise restraint exercised by the leaders and by the rank and file of the Trade Union movement. SCU. 'When we sought the co-operation of everyone to exercise restraint in the matter of personal incomes we didn't attempt to impose an arbitrary wage freeze. We relied on the co-operation of the workers and we didn't rely in vain. There is still that danger that you all know so well of an inflationary spiral and I would reiterate that warning again today, especially as it'll be manifest to all of you that this danger is increased by the additional expenditure on arms which we've been obliged to undertake. SCU. 'And difficulties, due in the main to Communist-inspired action, have forced upon us the necessity of spending far more on defence than we could have wished In Asia and in Africa, we've met this attack, first by making countries, such as India, Pakistan and Ceylon, free and equal partners in the British Commonwealth, (Applause) We've met it by extending an ever-increasing measure of self-government to the Colonial people and then by doing out utmost to raise the standard of life in the less developed area. And thirdly, by withstanding s attempts which are made to create anarchy and to foment revolution in some area. But this, with out obligations arising out of the war makes a very heavy strain on our armed forces.' ' And mindful we all must be of the dire consequences which flowed in the past from acquiescing in aggression. We and the other peace-loving states in the United Nations have taken action and in this we were glad to have the overwhelming support of organised Labour in this country, but in the light of what's occurred we have to step up our defences'.

    'Increased pay is only one factor in attempting to overcome this shortage of men for the forces. We want the men and women in the Services to feel they're doing a worthwhile job and in very many cases today, it's a highly skilled job. We want them to feel that there's a career for those who want to stay in the Services and good prospects in civil life for those who have terminated their service career. It will, of course be obvious to you all, the diversion of Labour and recourses from peace production to munitions of war, the retention of more men in the armed services, must have some adverse affect on the amount of goods and services available to the community in maintaining our standard of life. 'How different has been the history of Trade Unionism in the countries that are Communist controlled. Here the Trade Unions have no real independent life of their own. They have massive memberships. They are in fact really instruments of the ruling bureaucracy. Russian Communism perverts whatever it touches. MS. 'The totalitarian state admits no will but that of rulers, even science, art, Literature and music that should be free, are regimented and controlled by the bureaucracy. Against this sterile creed we set our conception of the democratic community of free peoples. We've been steadily building up in this country what's come to be called the 'Welfare State'. The state is concerned, not with the ambitions of the ruling class but with the welfare of every individual human being in it. MS. 'The nominal trade unionists, who allow others to run the branch meeting, who not infrequently misrepresent him is falling in his duty to himself, his country and to the democratic cause. I can assure you that we in the Government will continue to do our utmost to realise the great aims of the Labour movement. LMS. 'May I in conclusion wish you all success in the coming year and at this conference.

    MS. Mrs. Attlee speaking. (natural sound): 'I would like to say thank very much for these perfectly lovely flowers. I was very glad to be allowed to come with my husband. Thank you. 'SV. Mr. and Mrs Attlee leaving (2 shots) (Comb. & Mute Orig. Neg.)

    MS. Mr. Attlee taking his place on the platform. MS. Mr. Attlee standing by mike speaking. MS. Mrs. Attlee speaking. LV. The Dome, Brighton. CU. Jack Tanner. CU. Arthur Deakin. CU. Lincoln Evans. MV. Tom O'Brien (centre.)MV. Will Lawther and Andrew Naismith. CU. Chairman Bullock. CU. Arthur Horner. MV. Audience ( 2 shots) MV. Victor Feather and Miss Florence Hancock. MV. Delegates ( 2 shots) LV. Bullock at mike. LV. General Council ( 2 shots) LV. General Council with bullock at mike. MV. Group in hotel T. Eccles, W.L. Heywood. C.J. Geddes, Sir Vincent Tewson and C. Bartlett. ( 2 shots) CU. Tewson in hotel group. CU. Will Lawther in hotel lobby. CU. Arthur Deakin in hotel lobby. MV. Arthur Deakin, Will Lawther in hotel lobby. CU. Bullock. CU. Bullock talking to Tewson. MS. American and Canadian delegation with O'Brien. GV. Platform and audience at conference. MV. General Council. MS. Audience ( 2 shots) CU. Horner in audience. SV. Bullock on platform. MV. General Council applauding. MV. Press table. SV. Bullock on platform. CU. Lawther and Naismith. LV. Platform. SV. Turner and Lawther and another delegate. MV. The Dome at Brighton (3 shots) SV. Mr. and Mrs. Attlee leaving ( 2 shots) MV. Delegates in audience. MV. Delegates arriving. MV. Women canvassing for Equal Pay ( 3 shots) SV. Jean Currie. President of N.A.T.K.E. LV. Canadian and American delegates with O'Brien. CU. Mr. Gervin. CU. Mr. McCurdy. CU. Deakin on platform. CU. Lawther on platform. CU. Type in audience. Attlee says that devaluation is having desired effect and thanks Trade Union for their restraint and says arms programme threatens inflationary spiral and refers to measures taken in various parts of Europe etc., to meet Communist threat,he says increased pay is only one way of encouraging recruits to forces and compares Trade Unions conditions here with those in Communist Countries, makes assurance that the Govt will continue to try to realise the great aims of Labour movement.

    (Comb. Orig. Neg.)

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    01:24:48:00 / 01:35:50:00
    50/72 A (Selected Originals)

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