BRITAIN WANTS TO KNOW - MANPOWER : a question of today [Main Title]
Film appeal for new workers in heavy industry.
Documentary with brief dramatised interludes. Modern Britain is dependant on exports but, since the war ended, men previously employed in the basic industries have not returned to their jobs. This can result in unemployment for those in the dependent light industries. Labour - life blood of industry - is scarcest where it is most needed. Women who married, or those who experienced the improved working conditions in wartime ordnance factories, have not returned to employment in the textile mills. The foundries and mines are short of men. Mechanisation can help but re-equipment diverts resources from more urgent tasks, "from production lines that must be kept moving. So we mechanise and re-equip where we can." Farmers too are short of labour as the workforce provided by foreign POWs returns home. New workers could be quickly housed using prefabricated building techniques. More people must be got working, and in the right places "That is why people going to employment exchanges are offered a choice of jobs within the essential industries. The foundries, the mines, the mills, the land - all are short of men and women. And these are the real jobs."