By FRANK J. DOOLIN Li v moot.
Strong criticism of the attitude of his fellow Catholics to " general trade union problems" was expressed to me at the close of the 76th annual Trades Union Congress by Mr. T. O'Brien. who has been re-elected to the General Council of the T.U.C. and appointed u British trades union delegate to America. During his recent visit to Italy Mr. O'Brien had an audience with the Pope. who said that workers all over the world should join their unions for economic protection.
" Much of the misunderstanding and indifference towards the Catholic point of view in trades union circles. which was exampled by the education controversy of last year, is due to the obvious apathy of the Catholic mess to general trades union problems in the past," declared Mi. O'Brien.
"It seems to the majority of British trades union leaders, and members generally, that official Catholicism in this country is only aware of major industrial problems affecting trades unionists when Catholic interests are jeo pardised."
Catholics in the trades union movement should examine their consciences because it was true to say that 95 per