The voice of the T.U.C. in the 1930s had been a voice in the wilderness. Neither on the issue of unemployment, nor on that of resistance to the Dictators, had the Government heeded its advice. The occupation of Prague by Hitler, in March 1939, at last altered Government policy so far as the external threat was concerned. Belatedly a stand was made against further Fascist aggression, and preparations were speeded up in readiness for the war that now seemed inevitable. The frustrations of the T.U.C. leadership were not at an end, however, for while they had supported resistance and rearmament, they expected that when the Government finally moved to put the nation on a warlike footing it would do so in consultation with them. Given its commitment to resist Fascism the Council was anxious to assist in such preparations, and at a special conference of executives held in London in May 1939 it presented detailed proposals for the organisation of labour in wartime, including the active participation of the unions in the solution of the problems of labour supply. It also proposed the setting up of a tripartite National Advisory Council to the Ministry of Labour, composed of unionists, employers, and civil servants.
KeywordsTrade Union Short History Interim Report Public Ownership Wage Policy
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