GREAT BRITAIN: Red & Goldbrickers

A tiny London strike last week spotlighted a deep-seated British economic and social disease. The fight began when London's nationalized Electricity Board decided to check up on the working habits of its 700 meter readers. Its inspectors' findings: Many of the readers finish work before lunchtime, spend several hours over lunch, waste an hour or more before starting work. "Organized efforts," said the board, "have been made to restrict the amount of work done by each man." If every meter reader did a full day's work, about half of them could be released for other jobs in Britain's defense...

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