Olive Wilson, one of the representatives for Departments 432-2, and sewing Departments 321-4, 341-2 and 387, is particularly pleased to have been elected a member, as this was the second time she had offered herself for election within a year. She was returned unopposed.
“I offered to become a candidate,” she said, “because I believe in the MAC. I think every eligible worker should believe in it, and back up his or her belief by trying to become a member.”
A Batawoman of five years’ service, Olive is one of the 300 or more closing room operators in the rubber factory, in charge of Closing Room Supervisor Marie Reeves. Most of them work on the top floor, as does Olive, who stitches soles in Dept 341 - and has never done any other work at East Tilbury.
She also know “a little” about shoemaking generally, because, before she came to British Bata, she worked for other shoemaking firms which, although smaller, with a much smaller production, gave her enough to make her feel more at home at her present work than employees with no previous knowledge of the industry.
“The MAC,” she said, “is of value to all workers - young and old, men and women, and, while everyone cannot be a member, he or she can, and should be interested and co-operate.”