British Trade Union leader, Mr. Vic Feather, was unanimously elected on Friday (9 February) as?
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Background: British Trade Union leader, Mr. Vic Feather, was unanimously elected on Friday (9 February) as the first president of the new European Trade Union Confederation.
Mr. Feather, General Secretary of the 10 millions throng British Trades Union Congress, was elected at the Conference's first congress in Brussels, after West German and Danish candidates had stood down in his favour.
The West German candidate, herr Heinz-Oscar Vetter, said Mr. Feather's election reflected their trust in the strength and responsibly of British Unions. Appealing to the british Union Movement to join the work of Common Market bodies, Herr Vetter declared: "British colleagues, please, we do not need you at a distance -- we need you wholehearted participation."
At present the British Trade Union movement is avoiding such bodies as the Common Market Advisory Economic and Stoical Committee, which groups business, labour and private interests.
The new confederation represents 29 million workers in 15 countries -- all The members of the enlarged Common Market except Ireland, with Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, and the clandestine Spanish UGT, based in France.
SYNOPSIS: The final session of the first congress of the new European Trade Union Confederation was held in Brussels on Friday. Delegates unanimously elected British Trade Union leader, Mr. Vic Feather as its first President.
Speakers at the congress said Mr. Feather's election reelected the trust in the strength and responsibility of British Unions. They appealed to the British Union movement to join the work of the Common Market bodies, declaring that they needed Britain's wholehearted participation. At the moment the British Trade Union movement is avoiding such bodies as the Common Market's Advisory Economic and Social Committee, which groups business, labour and private interest. Many of the more left-wing British union leaders oppose the whole concept of the Common Market, believing it mainly benefits big business.
The new Trade Union confederation represents some twenty-nine million workers in fifteen countries. It was crated for the protection of resources and the environment as well as the promotion of industrial democracy.