Consultative Committee, which includes representatives from the employers and the T.U.C., has agreed that overtime working is essential in the present critical situation. But it is to be a temporary measure designed to bring about a boost in production in two main groups of industries those that earn dollars or save them and those upon which the expansion of other
industries depend. Each industry has been given responsibility for using its negotiating machinery for settling the method by which working hours can be extended.
Control of Engagement THE Control of Engagement Order is to apply to men aged 18 to 50 and to women aged 18 to 40, with the exclusion of women who have, living with them, children of school age. Men and women on demob leave from the Forces will IN free to choose their own jobs. The Order, which comes into force on October 1, will not apply to jobs of a professional, administrative, executive or managerial capacity. No alteration will be made to the Orders .already in force in the industries of coal-mining, agriculture, building and civil engineering.
Prague Political Festival LT is significant to note that in the A report on the World Federation of Youth Festival at Prague, The Times expresses concern at the political bias and Communistic tendencies of the organisers. Mr. Gordon Harrison, a miner from Leeds who attended the festival, said: " We found a political battlefield of tremendous dimensions. in which everything was one-sided. We did not get friendship; all we got was Communism stuffed down our throats for breakfast, lunch and dinuer." It is well known that since these annual festivals began, many workers and students who attend are enticed to Yugoslavia, Albania and other Balkan countries, to help in reconstruction. The Communist Party does not seem to protest against those who desert Britain in her crisis, to help nations who are anti-British.
A.C.T.U. Action in A.E.U.
THE Dagenham Branch of the As sociation of Catholic Trades Union has had a motion, protesting against the recent decision to ban Poles from the A.E.U., passed at the local union branch, without opposition. It is to be hoped that all Catholics, in the engineering unions, will voice their protest, and become effective in their branches.
Workers' Playtime TALKING to a girl the other day front a northern factory, I asked her about entertainments provided by the firm. She was full of praise for most things, but mentioned that the factory concerts were of a low standard. If Workers' Playtime, broadcasts on the Home Service, are anything to go by, then many of these concerts do need a lot of improvement. Occasionally some top line artists appear and the show is usually good, but many times crude comedians carry on the same type of smutty cross-talk which is already going on behind the workbench. It would be as well to give the workers some clean fun to enjoy, at least during their meal-times. A perfect example to some of our British comedians is Jack Durant, the American now appearing at the London Casino, who provides a laugh a second, with new bright, clean jokes.