“When I heard about the M.A.C., I was very interested, as it seemed an ideal way in which workers and management could keep in touch with other. I did not think, after only two years’ service, that I would become a member, but that has happened and I would like to say “thank you” to everyone who voted for me.”
Pascal Collins, knitter in the hosiery department, expressed his enthusiasm in those words, when talking about his success in a by-election in the hosiery factory for the Management Advisory Committee. He succeeds Eugene Lyons.
Pascal is an Irishman – he was born in County Clare, but he has been in England for 14 years. It was largely through his older brother Tony Collins, who is a book-keeper for the subsidiaries group, that he applied for a job with British Bata.
“Before long, I understood they had a good reason for this.
“As such a new member, it may, perhaps, be a little presumptuous to put my ideas too far forward, but I regard the M.A.C. as a point of contact – a liaison, to be used when required, but not automatically for every item. The relations between managers, foremen and operators are so friendly that I am sure they do their best to settle most questions between themselves.
“I am all for this on-the-floor consultation and, in as many cases as possible, settlement. As far as my work permits, I shall always be ready and eager to discuss any matter which fellow-workers wish to raise.
“That does not, of course, mean that I shall sit silent at the monthly meetings, and let other members, and other departments, hold “the floor”.”