British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Five day week?

Series

Series Name
Mining Review 1st Year

Issue

Issue No.
1
Date Released
Sep 1947
Length of issue (in feet)
796
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Cutter loader
  2. 2Five day week?
  3. 3The miners’ song

Story

Story No. within this Issue
2 / 3
Summary
BFI synopsis: Miners discuss the possibilities of a five day week for miners in a pub.
COI Commentary - 1st man: A Five Day week. Can we afford it?
2nd man: Well, I am all in favour of a five-day week. We shall benefit from it physically by having a long weekend rest - what they lose in production, eventually we shall recover it: also, it will cut the absenteeism out. In fact, in nineteen thirty four, as I am looking through the log books, I find that in six months, there’s only twelve absentees. The one look in nineteen forty six, on a six months page, there’s at least twenty percent of the absentees.
I’ll tell you this before I go, we can fill not more than we are filling now.
3rd man: Well, Arthur, what George can’t do, I can’t do. When I get home, it’s bed before dinner. I am too tired to eat it.
4th man: Well, Abbott, speaking as an individual, after five years of prisoner of war, I find that some of you chaps look no better than what I do. After six years out of the pits - just returned, after doing seven years engineering, I find that three days knocks me up.
Take my brother who has returned with me, after six years in the forces - he has to have a few Saturdays off to keep up to it.
5th man: Well, chaps, cant up - this in on me.
6th man: With a five day week, we will be entitled to Saturdays off and we’ll work all the harder for knowing we’ve got it.
7th man: Well, I’m all for the five-day week, but we shall still have absenteeism, and as a deputy, what do you think about it?
8th man: Well, I’m all for it, Arthur, but I definitely know this - to ensure five full production days, we still need an extra day, regarding repairs to the haulage system and straightening the face line, and we shall need volunteers to do this.
We shall get the volunteers alright, Mac, because they’ll get the double pay for the extra day, same as they get on Sundays now.
9th man: I don’t think so Harold. Production is bound to drop.
10th man: Granted, the five day week must come to the pits, because they’ve already got it in other industries. The only way to make up for the loss of that coal is to install modern machinery and not only at the coal face, but on the haulage way.
11th man: I have been listening to what your chaps have been talking about. You ought to have had a five day week some time ago and the same rate of pay.
12th man: Well, none of us will stand for dictation - that’s certain.
13th man: Well, here’s to the five days a week chaps.
All: Here, here!
Keywords
Mining; Labour relations
Written sources
The National Archives INF 6   /386
British Film Institute Databases   Used for synopsis
Viewing Copy - bfi screenonline
Hogenkamp, A. P., unpublished DPhil thesis   pxi.
BFI Screenonline synopsis   ID No.1223196
Credits:
Production Co.
Crown Film Unit
Camera
Fred Gamage
Director
Graham Wallace
Cutter
Jocelyn Jackson
Cutter
John Legard
Producer
John Taylor
Sound
K. Scrivener
Camera
Kenneth Reeves
Commentator
Maurice Denham
Sponsor
Ministry of Fuel and Power
Camera
William Chaston

This series is held by:

Film Archive

Name
British Film Institute (BFI)
Email
For BFI National Archive enquiries:
nonfictioncurators@bfi.org.uk
For commercial/footage reuse enquiries:
footage.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7580 7503
Address
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
Notes
The BFI National Archive also preserves the original nitrate film copies of British Movietone News, British Paramount News, Empire News Bulletin, Gaumont British News, Gaumont Graphic, Gaumont Sound News and Universal News (the World War II years are covered by the Imperial War Museum).
Series held
View all series held by British Film Institute (BFI)

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 98 times.