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DIFFICULT LABOUR PROBLEMS IN BRITAIN

WIDESPREAD UNREST

Highly Paid War Workers Faced With Cuts N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 1 p.m. LONDON, July 27. The Associated Press to-day questioned a cross-section of financial, industrial and commercial opinion on Labour's victory in relation to the problems in prospect.

The majority view was that Britain would be faced with serious transitional difficulties and a herculean task in dealing with labour shortages in such directions as industrial conversion and the production of goods for home consumption and export.

City circles, although admittedly seeking consolation for the unwelcome election result, expressed the view that the problems lying ahead, with strikes, go-slow campaigns and possibly more violent exhibitions of labour unrest may be best tackled by the Labour party. It was held, however, that the increasing restiveness of the British public against controls and regulations was justifiable and would add to the difficulties of the Government. The new Administration's task would not be eased by the evident natural unwillingness of workers who had been earning high wages in aircraft and munition factories to return to their old jobs in say, the Lancashire cotton mills.

An aspect of the Labour landslide, in which the city was considerably interested was the probable attitude of the new House of Commons to the Bretton Woods plan. The Bretton Woods proposals did not figure in the election campaign, but there is reason to believe, especially in the light of Mr. Bevin's strong declaration against the final act, that acceptance of the plan is not to be taken for granted.

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DIFFICULT LABOUR PROBLEMS IN BRITAIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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DIFFICULT LABOUR PROBLEMS IN BRITAIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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