Page 3, 7th November 1947

7th November 1947
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THE SLEEP IS OVER ACAMPAIGN to end Communist influence in the second largest Civil Service trade union-t!...e Civil' Service Clerical Association, has just been launched.

I have been given information by a member of the C.P. that the Catholics are behind it. Dear, dear! There is only one Catholic on the Committee which decided to have a clean up. It must he realised that others are seeing the " red light as well.

In nearly all the unions, there is a stiffening of attitude, in regard to the comrades. A great awakening is in progress, and the battle for influence of the working class is about to be waged. The Communists will use every method, fair or foul, and a sharp watch on any signs of intimidation will have to be kept, TAXING THE RICH WISH some rich reader would 2 enlighten me as to whether the rich are being taxed to the limit. One sees so many fine dividends be inl daily, and profits arising out of turnovers seem to be increasing, getting bigger and bigger. I find it much too difficult to give a correspondent a truthful answer. He asks the question and then more or less says, that only the working man suffers. Who is right ?

MERSEYSIDE SEAMEN I WENT up north last week-end 2. and had a look at the strike of the seamen on Merseyside. I am not going to pass judgment on whether the strikers are right or wrong, but here are the facts as I found them.

The strike is unofficial and is led by two men who have been meinbers of (and may still be) the Revolulutionary Communist Party (this party has no official coonections with the Communist Party of Great Britain).

To say that seamen were ignoring the strike would not be true, but many who have given it support are not seamen at all.

The unestablished seamen want the same treatment as the established ones. The established seamen sign articles for two years and can be sent anywhere, but if paid off a ship still get money over and above the " dole."

The unestablished sign on for a trip only and when paid off, only get the " dole," Strikers told me that there was very little chance of the unestablished getting jobs, but the seamen's union point out that two weeks ago 504 unestablished seamen were shipped, whereas only 115 general service contract seamen (established) were shipped in the same period. This does not sound to me to be unfair discrimination.

Apart from the money angle, there are many things wrong in the Merchant Navy. There is need for considerable improvement, but it is a job for the union to deal with. The union, however, should not wait until the men are driven to taking the matter into their own hands. It should act now.

LOCAL ELECTIONS ANOTHER matter I bumped into ' was the local elections and one thing was pointed out to me about

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