A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE COMMENT BY MINISTER P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. Anything less than the manpower control which had been exercised by the Government would have resulted in chaos and a weakening of the war effort, said the Minister of Manpower, Mr. McLagan, speaking in the Legislative Council. He said that some time ago there had been great agitation by employers against manpower control. Soon afterwards he was able to announce a measure of relaxation of manpower control and had asked those employers who had been opposed to control to apply for exemption from the regulations. Instead of hastening to take advantage of the opportunity, however, those very employers began to make excuses for not doing so and not one employer had asked for his declaration of essentiality to be removed. The others had all said they thought they should all be released at the same time, but manpower control was not administered in that way. As to workers who were supposed to have been tyrannised by manpower control, the great majority of them were satisfied that what had been done was done in their interests, as well as the interests of the country, and that no unfair restrictions had been placed . upon them. Representatives of large bodies of workers had told him they were not anxious to have the regulations removed and, in some cases, there was a desire for the- regulations to be retained in operation.
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MANPOWER CONTROL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945
MANPOWER CONTROL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945
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