EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
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Conditions in Great Britain as seen by the speaker, especially with regard to unemployment. The issue of unemployment insurance, for Great Britain and in Canada. The need for Great Britain to maintain and increase her export trade if she is going to maintain her supremacy as one of the great producing and manufacturing countries of the world. Great Britain's government scheme for stimulating trade and industry. Agriculture in Great Britain. The need of the support of Canada towards a new organization in London: the new Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Details and purpose of the organization. Separating business and diplomacy. The need for some unity of effort in London if Canada is going to secure her fair share of trade in the British Isles. The need to emphasize the products of our Canadian farms and factories getting to the old world at smaller transportation costs than at present. Conditions in France. Reasons for such little unemployment. France's depressed currency. The more serious unemployment question in Switzerland, and the curious reason for it. Switzerland's financial position after her neutral position in the War. What the speaker has heard about conditions in Germany. The League of Nations. The ability of the League to prevent war. Origins of the International Labour Conference. Why labour was included in the Treaty of Peace in Versailles. Countries that have the right of representation in the Labour Conference. Canada's representation and advisers. Two ways in which questions are dealt with and brought forward in the Conference. The advisory, not legislative function of the Conference. Official languages used. Persons and structure of the Labour Conference. Chief questions on the agenda: agriculture, wages, unemployment, protection of women and children, technical agricultural education, living-in conditions of workers, guarantee of rights of association and combination, protection against accidents, inability, old age, proposals concerning the night work of persons in agriculture, etc. Evidence of playing politicos. The difficulties encountered in trying to apply certain rules and regulations to agriculture. The disparity in wages between nations. Difficulties encountered due to association and combination. The question of the infection of wool. The issue of the weekly rest day. Delegates' disappointment with the results of the Conference and reasons for it. Asking and responding to the question, "Is there any solution to our industrial ills?" Suggestions for action. Working in each individual unit of industry in such a way that the men and the company are not opposing each other, but are working together in mutual interest. Remembering those who died during the War. The speaker's desire for a greater national sentiment in Canada, leading us to national unity.