Cablegram 363  LONDON, 22 December 1944, 2.27 p.m.
Your telegram No. 335.  Employment Conference.
1. We agree to your suggestion that the Australian, New Zealand
and United Kingdom governments should make a joint approach to the
United States government to ask whether they would join in calling
an employment conference or would attend such a conference if
called. We suggest, however, that before approach is actually
made, the governments of the other Dominions and of India should
be informed of our intention and of the general procedure proposed
and given the opportunity to send comments to you, the New Zealand
government and ourselves.
2. We also agree that if the United States reaction is favourable
to our approach it should be suggested to them as the next step
that discussions should be held between officials of the four
governments regarding the agenda, scope and objective of the
conference. Arrangements would, of course, be made for keeping in
touch with other Commonwealth governments during these
3. We feel that the holding of such preliminary discussions with
United States officials will be of great importance in order that
the ground may be carefully prepared before invitations to the
conference are issued. We are sure you will agree that we must
not, on account of inadequate preparation, run the risk of an
abortive conference which would undoubtedly constitute a setback
to the prospects of an international understanding on this very
4. We should be glad to know the terms in which you and the New
Zealand government propose that our joint approach to the United
States government should be made. In this connection you will no
doubt have it in mind that the approach should be on the basis
that the governing body of the International Labour Office would
be associated with the conference. We understand that all the
resolutions passed at the Philadelphia Conference will come before
the governing body at the meeting in London starting 25th January.
5. We think that the proposal would have to be communicated to the
Russian, French and Chinese governments before any public
announcement in regard to the conference is made or invitations to
it are issued.
6. We shall be glad to receive an advance copy of the statement
referred to in your paragraph 2 as soon as it is ready and we
shall study it carefully. We note that you propose to publish it
and circulate it to members of the United Nations in due course.
We are inclined to think that there might be advantages in
delaying publication until after the approach to United States has
been made and the official discussions referred to in paragraph 2
above have taken place.