21 JANUARY 1928, Page 3

On Thursday, January 12th, the Conference 'between members of the

General Council of the T.U.C. and Sir Alfred Mond's group began its work with earnestness and enthusiasm. Only one dissentient voice was raised: Mr. Cook denounced the whole undertaking as a farce and retired in indignation. Sir Alfred Mond outlined his proposals, Which included improvement in security and status for workers ; new openings for young men; Works Councils to settle differences day by day ; recog- nition of the worker's interest in his industry ; and pensions in old age. He went on to recommendd-a study of more general problems such as housing, health, unem- ployment, the avoidance of trade disputes, a national permini.dnt Standing joint committee, and the effects of rates and taxes on industry. At future meetings the chair is to be taken alternately by Mr. Ben Turner and Sir Alfred Mond. * *