Opening of the World Trade Unions conference in London.
County Hall, London.
MS. Elevated Mr Finet, Belgian delegate and the Chairman making opening speech - in French. MS. Mr H. L. Bullock, Chairman of the TUC General Council, speaking. Various shots of Mr Bullock speaking - natural sound: 'Mr Chairman, fellow delegates, it is my privilege as Chairman this year of the Trades Union Congress General Council to be present at the opening session of this great conference and to give the delegates of our world-wide Trade Union movement a cordial welcome in the name of my colleagues of the General Council and the millions of organised trade unionists we represent.' SCU. Mr Bullock continues (some extracts missing): '...on their initiative. We hold as the cardinal doctrine of our faith and practice that our organisation can only function effectively under conditions of freedom... ...from country to another. What we affirm in common is our conviction that universal, economic well being rests upon the organisation of free labour, and that the ideals of social justice and security we hold in view field their ultimate sanction in the organisation of free labour.' These basic principles, and not only to proclaim them, fortify them and give them full expression in national and international affairs, that we have come together in this world congress. It may be difficult sometimes to exclude political questions entirely from the purview of our World Confederation; but we are not forming our organisation to involve it in political controversies or to engage in national politics... We of the British Trade Union movement believe that the world stands today at the parting of the ways. The signpost that points the path to freedom points away from the path that leads to an authoritarian and totalitarian system of government and economic organisation. We believe that in the origin and development of the Trade Union movement in the democratic countries history witnessed the rise of a new power for the safe guarding of the people's liberties and the achievement of the people's ideals of economic justice, security and social well being.' LMS. Mr Finet, the Chairman speaking - in French. He thanks the British Trade Union Organisation for the part they played in making the convention possible. SCU. Mr J. W. Bowen, Chairman of the LCC, listening as Chairman introduces him. MS. Elevated shot, Mr Bowen speaking - natural sound: 'Mr Chairman, Mr Minister and conference delegates. As Chairman of the London County Council and as an ardent Trade Unionist since my youth, I am proud to have the great honour of giving you all a sincere and cordial welcome to this County Hall at the opening of your important Congress, both as visitors to out great city and as delegates to the inaugural meeting of the Free World Trade Union Conference.' LS. Mr Bowen continues: '...world at Conferences, and on a wide range of causes and subjects, including trade unionism. This County Hall, not by any means an ancient building, is gathering a substantial reputation in that respect.' MS. He continues: '...but 'I'm happy to be in a position to say that the Council accords full recognition to all Trade Unions representing the interests of its employees. It is indeed the established policy of the Council to encourage... in concluding these few remarks, which I am privileged to address to you, I should like to add that we shall do our utmost to ensure that your stay at London's County Hall shall be both happy and comfortable. That your deliberations will be amicable, I have no doubt. May I express the hope that they will be both progressive and fruitful and, also, to your full and lasting satisfaction..." Mr Bowen sits down, amid applause, pan to Mr Finet, as he rises to speak. MS. M Finet. LS. Elevated Mr George Isaacs, Minister of Labour, speaking - natural sound: 'As a Trade Unionist of long standing and one who presided at a previous conference of the World Trade Union movement in this chamber, I am privileged to present this message to you from the Prime Minister of Great Britain, The Right Honourable Clement Attlee. Mr Attlee conveys this message - On behalf of His Majesty's Government, I welcome the presence in London of the accredited representatives of the Trade Union movement from the free countries of the world. This assembly seems to me to be part of the growing evidence that the nations of the world are turning resolutely away from every form of compliance with totalitarian systems of government and are united in their determination to exalt and give effect to the principles of Democracy in their institutions of free citizenship.' MS. Mr Isaacs continues: 'free men and women everywhere hold so dear'. He sits down amid applause. MS. & MS. Back view, delegate studying papers. SCU. Mr Finet collecting his papers together.
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