C.S.C.A. SLIP UP
L. C. WHITE, the general sect-es-4' tary of the Civil Service Clerical Association, and member of the Communist Daily Worker editorial board, has s.ipped up badly in a letter written to Association
He was instructed by his National Executive Committee to send to branches a copy of the T.U.C. pamphlet. in which it is stated that the Communist Party has set up subcommittees within the various unions to influence the policy of those unions.
Mr. White, in his letter to branches, stated that he reported to the National Executive Committee that other organisations were engaged in similar activities, and that he furnished information on the subject, which he was instructed to include in the letter to branches.
Mr. White then goes on to give information about ACTU and states that a meeting held in St. Peter's Hall, Westminster, in November, speakers included a member of the Executive of the C.S.C.A. and a leading official of ACTU, who was also a C.S.C.A. member. Directions were given to those present as to the line they should pursue inside their various branches. At this meeting nominations were called for on " Activities Sub-Committee."
Mr. White gave the branches incorrect information. The meeting was not called by ACTU. It was a Civil Service Catholic Guild meeting. No member of ACTU addressed the meeting, and the Civil Service Catholic Guild is not connected with ACTU.
ARECENT issue of Opinion, the
official organ of the Union of Railway Signalmen, publishes some interesting facts on the "closed shop" controversy which deserve further publicity. Nearly two years ago the Transport and General Workers' Union and the London Passenger Transport Board came to an agreement that all men working for the Board should belong to the T. and G.W.U. A number of men were sacked at the time because they refused to be forced into joining that union. These dismissed men already belonged to a union which catered adequately for them.
The general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, at a recent meeting of the Executive
Bureau of the World Federation of Trade Unions stated that the W.F.T.U. should insist upon the German workers' right to organise in free trade unions of their own choice.
Opinion asks the question: " Funny isn't it?" And I couldn't agree more. To me, it is one of a series of incidents concerning the "closed shop" in which responsible trade union leaders make statements which are contradicted by their actions.
Readers might also be interested to know that the United Nations Organisation condemned the " closed shop" by 20 votes to 14. The Social Committee of the UNO Assembly, drafting the Bill of Human Rights, decided that no one should he compelled to belong to any association.
The amusing thing about this vote was that Britain, the Dominions, the U.S.A. and Scandinavia voted in the minority. Latin-America and the Eastern European States were in the majority.
THE Government's wage freezing policy, issued in a White Paper last year. has its first serious challenge in the claim of the National Union of Railwaymen for 12s. 6d. a week increase. The claim has already been rejected by the Transport Commission and is now in the hands of the Minister of Labour, who has referred it to arbitration.
Many workers feel that arbitration is a waste of time, while the Government insists on the wage freeze, and that was why the London busmen hesitated to accept arbitration for their claim of time and a half for Saturday afternoon work.
Then again the award of a farthing an hour increase to the Whitehall office cleaners has not raised the hopes of others about to have their claims referred to arbitration.
Post office engineers are also impatient for a wage increase, and from country districts the discontent of the agricultural workers has led their leaders to join the more-wages queue. It would be stupid to dismiss all these claims as sabotage by the Reds. The fact is that the increase in the cost of living has meant that some sections of the community are now underpaid.