24 APRIL 1920, Page 23

Works Committees and Industrial Councils. By J. H. Whitley. (Manchester

University Press and Longmans. Is. net.)—This pamphlet contains an address given by Mr. Whitley in the Department of Industrial Administration at the Manchester College of Technology, and a summary of the very fruitful discussion which followed. Mr. Whitley's exposition of his scheme for co-operation between employers and employed at every stage in an industry from the workshop upwards deserves attentive reading. There is much truth in his complaint that, while every petty trade dispute is magnified by newspaper headlines, the good constructive work that is being done by Industrial Councils in forty-six trades is rarely if ever mentioned. Mr. Whitley explains in his address that the National Council for each industry is intended to be the coping-stone of a series of Works Committees and District Committees, in each of which employers and workmen will meet to discuss matters of equal importance to them all. The discussion following the paper revealed some of the misapprehensions and practical difficulties that have to be surmounted. Mr. Whitley felt it necessary to insist that he counted first of all on the assistance of the Trade Unions.