Page 2, 7th July 1944

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Page 2, 7th July 1944 — PLANNING MORE MONEY

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Stg.-From every reasonable point of view it can he seen that the Ciove.rnment's White Paper called Employment Policy is not A Plan for Employment. If there is need for work in h particular locality there is not to be any positive exertion, no compelling authority ; employers will only be encouraged to do the neceseery. Neithei can it be suggested that the policy is the nature nr what is understood as reconstruction. The schemes are devoid of any pulling down, any tne-rooting; all the present set-up is to remain; and the White Paper is concerned. as it specifically states, with Government action directed to forestall dangers. The success of the policy the paper says depends upon the efforts of employe's and workers in Industry. The framework of the policy is designed to correct the short-comings of the present industrial set-tip which more than anything lacks cohesion. Raised in a pillar of efficiency, for example, is the well organised Cement Makers' Federation. Towering above it is the Biitieh Siemens Steel Association, and the Mine Owners' Association. The Association of British Chainhers of Commerce is a house composed of many mansions. What is missing in all this and all the rest besides is a tie-up, a unity and harmony all round, -which alone can make industry coherent, sensible, and vital. If the representatives of industry and the unions agree Ipon a line of concerted action the next step forward is obvious and is sure to be a success.

Pursuing their ends separately, the industrial firms, the distributive trades, the service and utility companies, ill various kinds of association and alliances have worked to make business profitable. On the whole our soctial conditions have improved as a result. Prices were put up to make profits, which increased the amount in the national purse. The Federation or British Industries and the British Employers' Confederation are the powerful national bodies representing all the employers and the time has row come for: 1. The perfecting of the organisation of cacti industry.

2. A new wages structure in Consultation with the T.U.C.1 with full and increasing provision for the rise in the cost of living.

3. An Industiial Import and Export Board for advising the Government.

4. A nation-wide plan for full employment .

These four provisions cover the essentials of reconstruction and the next phase of industry if we are to progress. The various industries must

plan concerted action. By separate paths the industries have arrived at organised retnunerative trade. The time has come to provide for the interests of the workpeople in industry. Scientific advance has increased the cost of living. Higher wages are necessary to buy the fruits of man's ingenuity. If the range of products which go into building houses and their furnishings are to find a flourishing market we must give up building new houses to the emptiest dimensions. 1 he working classes do not get wages enough nor the necessary conditions to live in houses worthy of that name.

Bread-and-cheese wages are no

longer good. Yet even to-day the labouring classes are being paid £3 les. or £4 or a little more a week, and only by extra pay for week-end work can they make ends meet. If production is to be maintained at a high level the ratio of wages must he correspondingly increased. Planning mote infancy as purchasing power, and planning production, should go hand in hand. Promises of better conditions ale being made to our fighting mere It is lime we saw some shape of how they can be carried out: and how better :11077 to g British Standard Seccifiea

BERNARD Mcitoesset, 3, Skelly Road, Swansea. 3, Skelly Road, Swansea.

A Planned Economy

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