Film ID:
YFA 2932

WELFARE

1950

Visitor Tabs

Description

This film, part of the larger Ideals of Industry, was made in order to advertise the welfare facilities and services available to the employees of the Burton factory.

The film begins with a woman entering the health facilities where a nurse takes care of her. The welfare of the employees is very important and taken into close consideration. A few of the services available include dentist exams, manicures and hand massage, eye exams, and simulated sun exposure.

After showing the medical facilities, the film moves onto the food service facilities available to both members of the factory staff and management. In the bakery, the bakers are making bread and rolls, muffins and cupcakes. The images of the bakery include both that of machinery and food made by hand in a more traditional manner showing the balance between man and machine. Newly baked large loaves of bread are pulled out of the oven, and are then to be cut into 60 slices a piece according to the commentary. Women are also working to ice cupcakes and also fill them with cream. After a glimpse of the pastry press, there is an overall view of the entire canteen and kitchen along with many members of kitchen staff. During a point at which one of the bakers is in the process of making a pie, the commentator makes a point to say the same food is served to all members of staff, both workers and management, and separate dining facilities is the only difference in terms of the food service provided for the company. The fish and chips range is also present in the kitchen facilities. As it is now mealtime, workers run down the hall towards the canteen where they are to line up and get their food. Long tables and chairs are also available for the workers to sit and enjoy their meals.

In the machine room, members of staff work with paper punch cards in order to record and calculate different statistics having to do with the business. Additionally, branch transaction accounts are all recorded in this central area from different Burtons branch locations in the UK.

The final facility present in this film is the electrical switch room. Here, all the electric components of the factory are controlled and managed including the phones, music to work to, lights, ect.