For Recognition and Better Pay
We have received the following statement from the Guild of Insurance Officials: Over 2,500 members of the staffs of the "Commercial Union " Group have joined the Guild of Insurance Officials and the great majority have requested the Guild to negotiate on their behalf for improved salaries.
The average salaries paid at 31st December last to the Guild male members in the "Commercial Union " Group at the age of 27 was less than £3 15s. Od. per week in London and less than £3 per week in the Provinces. These figures are less than those paid by another similar leading Composite office by approximately £60 per annum in London and by £75 per annum in the Provinces.
The average salaries paid at December 31st last to the Guild's women members in the " Commercial Union " Group at the age of 27 were, in London less than £2 10s. Od. per week, and £2 per week in the Provinces.
The annual report and accounts for the past year submitted to the shareholders at the annual meeting to-day indicate that the result of the past year's working have been eminently satisfactory.
The denial of the principle of collective bargaining through the staff's own organisation has raised an issue of vital importance to all clerical workers and the Guild has been assured of the continued backing of the great majority of the professional
bodies. Public *" Demonstrations of Protest " have recently been held in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, and in the near future a further demonstration is to be held at Newcastle-on-Tyne.
The Minister of Labour and a considerable number of members of Parliament have assured the Guild that they are following with close interest the struggle of insurance clerks to secure the official recognition of their Organisation.