15 DECEMBER 1950, Page 18

Freedom and Society

Sia,—Robert H. Corrick reminds me of a German acquaintance of mine who, after a few years of Hitlerism, accepted as logical those things he formally condemned as being satanic. The worker must guard his freedom to join or not to join a union, for if ever he loses that freedom he will become a prisoner and slave of the instrument of his own creation, and life will be meaningless.

A local enquiry niade quite recently revealed that more than 90 per cent. of the unionist workers in one workshop were only members because of their fear of victimisation, and less than 2 per cent, attended club meet- ings. In such a state of affairs, how can the union truly represent the great majority of their members' wishes ? I am old enough to look back fifty years, when a man's reward depenfled (with but few unfortunate .exceptions) on his own efforts, and when membership of a union indicated the skilled qualification of the individual concerned. The unions today are mere puppets of the present Labour Government to the detriment of the workers who support them. But there are indications that the workers are beginning to realise this fact. For the sake of civilisation, may they