Frank Cousins, trade union leader, addresses Institute of Directors Conference.
GV. Interior, Institute of Directors Conference in progress. Top view, directors listening to Lord Chandos (Sir Oliver Lyttleton), President of the Institute. SV. Lord Chandos addressing the meeting. SV. Directors listening. SV. Lord Chandos talking (natural sound): "Mind you as Mr Cousins is our guest and I would like to assure you that he may be certain of a courteous hearing. For anything that he wishes to say he will know as we all do that our courtesy does not extend to being in agreement in advance with anything that you may wish to put before him." TV. Delegates laughing and start to applause. SV. Mr Frank Cousins, the Secretary of the Transport and General workers union, rises to speak, amid applause. TV. Directors applauding. SV. Mr Cousins speaking (natural sound): "There must be no repetition of the B.M.C. affair where six thousand workers, many of whom had been employed for more than 20 years, were summarily dismissed without consultation. Action of this king can destroy over night the results of years of painstaking effort in building better relations." GV. Mr Cousins speaking. SCU. Cousins continues (natural sound): "No doubt it is a hardship for directors to be removed from their position and by this action to lose a part of their income and emoluments but the dockers I represent, and their wives, suffer a much greater hardship when they lose their jobs." TV. Directors listening. SV. Director standing up and asking question, he then sits down. He asks Mr Cousins if he will use his influence to persuade trade unionists not to resist the advance of automation. SCU. Cousins answering (natural sound): "The mistaken idea is existent that trade unions at some level are opposed to this. I never yet met a trade unionist who was opposed to the introduction of a machine that would take some of the work out of work. What he is concerned about is the immediate and personal effect which applies to him from the introduction of such measures. SV. Cousins speaking: "We in the Trade Union movement are not entering a recklessly militant period of industrial relations. Indeed I believe that a most fruitful period lies ahead, in which we shall see a great development and diversification of good relations between employers and employed." GV. Top view, directors applauding.
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