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A. C. in 1964 and 1965 concluded a number of separate productivity agreements to cover different sectors of their respective labour forces, and Alcan in its Rogerstone negotiations of 1964 concluded separate agreements for process workers and for craft and associated engineering personnel, following this up with a further agreement for production and service departments signed at the end of 1965. This 'partial' approach could take two forms. In some cases it developed along occupational lines, principally due to the lack of negotiating machinery capable of incorporating joint discussions attended by craft and process unions.

Yet the bare classification of issues does not reveal all that was looked for in the way of achievement and some agreements adopted a rather different approach. 7 The main substantive achievements sought in this agreement, implemented after considerable initial difficulty in 1964, were a reduction in overtime and the introduction of a staggered shift pattern for day workers. These were incorporated in what was termed a 'status' agreement, as a result of which the industry's manual workers were paid an annual salary, and received sick-pay conditions similar to existing staff personnel, plus additional holidays.

2 is a fairly accurate reflection of the content of agreements during the first phase of productivity bargaining. 1 indicates the general pattern of achievement as represented in the selected agreements. The most common feature during this period was increased flexibility between crafts (nature of work), though this was obviously frequently linked with other factors. 1. Features of Agreements in the Period 1963-6: Achievement Year Number of agreements including mention of: Quantity of work Nature of work Rearrangement of working hours Manning Change of methods Organisation Responsibility 1963 1964 1965 1966 Total 1 3 4 11 7 25 5 19 17 58 2 7 8 13 14 10 10 36 31 9 5 3 3 1 1 3 5 1 First Phase of Productivity Bargaining: 1960-6 33 shortages already present in a full or over-full employment situation.

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