Film: 8645

Industry + Work | 1970 | Sound | Colour

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Caption: The Industrial Relations Act became law in August 1971. The main provisions of the Act are being introduced over a period 1970's

Presenter in suit and tie, walks in front of the industrial relations model in the studio and introduces programme about the Industrial Relations Act. He walks across to sit on a large cushioned white chair next to table upon which lies the Donovan Report 1968, from which the presenter briefly reads. Presenter walks up to model of conciliation officer, a silhouetted figure of a man stands behind two large letters CO, beneath which is written CONCILIATION. The presenter explains their role. If the conciliation officer cannot resolve the problem, the latter goes to the Industrial Tribunal.

Presenter walks over to model of three silhouetted male figures, standing behind letters IT and under which is written TRIBUNAL. The presenter describes the work of the tribunal: when a collective issue arises in Industrial Relations, the case goes over to the Industrial Relations Court-
Presenter walks across to model of three silhouetted male figures, standing behind large letters IC, and written beneath COURT. The presenter explains its composition and function. Shots of the Conciliation Tribunal and Court, models follow before a long shot of the presenter standing in front of these models.

Next he walks over to model of six silhouetted male figures standing behind large letters CIR (the Commission of Industrial Relations) and written beneath COMMISSION. Again he explains the role of this organ.

Then the presenter takes a few more steps across the studio floor and stops at a model of a single silhouetted male figure behind the large letter R, and written beneath REGISTRAR. This stands for the Registrar of Trade Union and Employers' Association. Standing in front of the model, the presenter describes the registrar's function.

Single shots of the respective models CO, IT, IC, CIR and R follow.

The presenter walks back across the studio floor to the first of three information boards, upon which there are in each hexagonal segment different words, representations, figures, and initials relating to the workings of the Industrial Act.

So the camera focuses on the "Individual Worker" hexagon, followed by the "Employer" figure and then to "Legal Protection". Then the presenter points to the IT (Industrial Tribunal) hexagon. The maximum compensation for any individual worker is 4160 pounds, a caption appears, stating this. This is followed by captions "Right To Belong", and "no victimisation"(??). Close-up of presenter, as he continues to explain. Camera focuses on "Terms of Employment" hexagon, after which the captions "Holidays", "Grievance", "Trade Union" and "Notice" follow.

Next the "Individual Worker" hexagon is focused on, followed by the "Union" hexagonal sign, then "Registrar" and "Industrial Tribunal" signs. Talking head of presenter in explanation mode. The presenter walks to information board that starts with the "Union" hexagon next to the "Registrar" sign.

Camera focuses on the "Union" hexagon and then moves across to the "Registrar" sign. Following this is the caption "Union Rules". The presenter talks in front a segment of the information board. Close-up of presenter talking. He then walks up to a new information board in the studio, rectangular in shape.

Focus on "Bargaining Unit" caption, followed by "Bargaining Agent" caption. Shot of presenter standing next to the information board. He points to "Bargaining Unit" caption beneath which are representations of factory workers in three factory illustrations. The presenter moves across the board to the caption 'Bargaining Agent'. Under this are the hexagonal signs of "Union" and "Groups of Unions" (hexagons joined together).

Close-up of presenter providing description of the process. Focus on "Conciliation Officer" sign (CO),after which camera pans down to "Industrial Court" (IC) and on "Industrial Relations" sign (CIR). Talking head of presenter, followed by "Secret Ballot" caption. Camera focuses on CIR sign and pans up to IC sign.

Following this is caption "Sole Bargaining Agent". Presenter walks in front of board where "Agency Shop" is written. He points to the depiction of the Agency shop, a square unevenly divided into four and each part having two or more worker representations. Focus on the captions "Belong to the Union", "Pay Contribution" and "Pay to Charity". Close-up of presenter. Focus on IC sign followed by camera panning down to caption "Secret Ballot". The signs "Union", "Lose Protection of Law", "Liable for Unlimited Compensation" proceed in succession. Talking head of presenter. "Unfair Industrial Practices" hexagonal sign focused on, followed by close-up of talking presenter. Presenter walks up to the hexagonal signs placed next to each other, that begin with the "Employer" sign next to the "Individual Worker" sign. Presenter continues the explanation in front of the hexagonal row of signs.

The camera starting from the right to join or not to join sign, pans across the board focussing on "Take Part in Union Activities", "Obstruct an Agency Ahop" and "Negotiate Responsibility" signs. Close-up of presenter in front of green hexagonal signs. This followed by the employer and IT signs.

Back to the talking presenter before continuing with another series of signs focused on individually- IC, "Unofficial Strike Leader" and "Union". The presenter stands further forward in front of the signs and explains matters.

Focus on "Bargaining and Agreement" caption. The presenter walks to a new set of hexagonal shaped signs and points to the first one, "Official Strike". This is followed by the camera panning up and down the board to focus on the signs, "Emergency", "60 day cooling off period" and "Secret Ballot".

Close-up of presenter. Focus on the large letter IR (industrial relation) model, which the presenter passes as he walks back past the other models, stopping in front of the IC model, processing to the CIR model and then makes his way back to his chair and studio table.

The camera closes in on the presenter as he sums up, quoting the four fundamental principles of the Industrial Act. Captions(i) "The principle of freedom and security for workers, protected by adequate safeguards against unfair industrial practices, whether on the part of employers or others" (ii)"The principle of maintaining and developing orderly procedures in industry for the peaceful and expeditious settlement of disputes by negotiation, conciliation or arbitration with due regard to the general interests of the community" (iii). "The principle of free association of workers in independent trade unions, and of employers in employers' associations, so organised as to be representative, responsible and effective bodies for regulating relations between employers and workers." (iV) "The principle of collective bargaining freely conducted on behalf of workers and employers and with due regard to the general interests of the community."

Final shot of IR letters model.


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