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A look at Britain's trade unions: how they operated, why they were so important, and how they affected the lives of their members.
Release year - 1945
Director - Montgomery Tully
Production company - Verity Films
Screenplay - Reg Groves
Cinematographer - Raymond Elton
Composer - William Alwyn
Narration - John Slater
Editor - George Fisher
Running time (minutes)10 mins 22 secs
'The factories of Britain have a trade union to represent the workers who elect one of themselves as their shop steward to speak on their behalf in the workshop as well as round the national conference table. Mistakes or grievances in shop or department can, as a rule, speedily be righted by brief discussion between Management and the workers' representative. The film shows a meeting of the Trade Union Congress which represents every kind of trade union in Great Britain.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)
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