Excerpt from Shipbuilding and Shipping Record, Vol. 10: A Journal of Shipbuilding, Marine Engineering, Docks, Harbours and Shipping; October 4, 1917
In its preliminary report the Metallurgical Section of the Iron and Steel Institute's Committee which is investigating British production methods, and comparing them with British American and German practice, supplies some Shipbuilding figures of labour costs which cannot fail to give Practice. Thoughtful employers pause. Our more expert steel workers actually do far less, and get much more, than their fellows in either of the two foreign countries named. The whole report, as Well as that of the Mechanical Section of the Committee, ought to be carefully studied by employers belonging to every industry. It occurs to us to add that the Shipbuilding tployers' Federation, and also the Engineering Employers' Federation, might very profitably conduct investigations on similar lines. It may be that British general engineering is in less need of research of this character than any other industry, although we are sceptical about it. There is, however, no doubt about the case of British shipbuilding. In many respects its production methods were, prior to 1914, far behind those of one or two foreign countries in efficiency, and the signs are that they will be still further behind when the war comes to an end. As the majority of our readers know what the deficiencies are we'do not enumerate them. For the same reason we assume it to be unnecessary to indicate their causes. To date, however, they have not been investigated in the judicial way the Iron and Steel Institute's Committees are investi gating their trades deficiencies, and it is time, we frankly think, that they were.
Some misapprehension appears to exist even amongst those who ought to know better, regarding the Bulkhead Committee's attitude towards the subdivision of purely cargo ships.
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