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Representing Group 100 is Bill Overton, senior textiles stock-keeper, and a Bataman since 1940, when he started in upper leather manipulation. He returned to the rubber factory after serving in the Royal Air Force during the war.
Bill, with his fellow stock-keeper, Cecil Salmon, ensures the production departments receive a steady and adequate supply of textile materials, and, as production rises, this becomes correspondingly greater. The textile stockroom was divided into two parts because of the rising demands of its facilities. It is now one of the largest of its type in the country.
This is Bill’s first year on the M.A.C., which he considers is definitely a good thing - “if common sense is used.” He stresses the importance of workers raising matters with members, especially points which they want mentions at meetings, in good time, and not waiting until the day before a meeting, or even, as is sometimes done, the same day.
“Everyone gets good notice of meetings in the Record,” he said, “and they should give members good notice, too. Not all the questions raised need go to the meetings - they should be referred to the members for the respective departments for settlement, if possible, beforehand, and members should do their best to foster this. They for the liaison between workers and management, and that is a responsible office, needing tact, common sense, and an appreciation of what would and would not be, practicable.”
BILL OVERTON - 1954