the following resolution was passed by the Trades Union Congress in 1960.
“Congress recognises the importance of the arts in the life of the community especially now when many Unions are securing a shorter working week and greater leisure time for their members.
It notes that the Trade Union movement has participated to only a small extent in the direct promotion and encouragement of plays, films, music, literature and other forms of expression including those of value to its beliefs and principles.
Congress considers that much more could be done and accordingly requests the General Council to conduct a special examination and to make proposals to a future Congress to ensure a greater participation by the Trade Union movement in all cultural activities.”
In itself this is a remarkable demonstration by the Unions of their awareness of the role they have to play in society, a sign that it is not enough to secure higher wages and increased leisure if nothing is done to enrich that leisure and thereby add stature to the man.