- 1952 - 1957 (Creation)
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The AC/36 chronological series contains the records of the Working Group on Labour Mobility.The origins of this working group can be found in a Council Deputies memorandum (see D-D(52)94) that was discussed by the Council in its meeting on 18 September 1952 (see C-R(52)21). On that occasion, a decision was taken to create a limited section of the International Staff tasked with looking into the issue of manpower, plus a Working Group on Labour Mobility to which the limited section would submit the conclusions of its work.The Group was chaired by the Greek Permanent Representative, and Italy and the United States were represented by their permanent representatives. The first meeting was held on 24 October 1952. The Working Group was tasked with examining the issue of labour, and more specifically: - ways of intensifying migration;- projects designed to keep the manpower shortage from affecting defensive activities;- plans to prevent labour market disturbances in the event of war.Reports were drafted by the Member country governments and presented to the Working Group for use in its work. There was also a Manpower Planning Committee, whose documents were first incorporated into the AC/36 series before being differentiated from the documents of the Working Group on Labour Mobility and given the reference AC/36(M) in January 1955. Many documents produced between January 1953 and January 1955 that were recorded under the AC/36 reference were actually issued by the Working Group on Labour Mobility.The Working Group was disbanded before producing its final report for 1957.
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Documents in the AC/36 chronological series address the issue of labour, mainly in times of crisis. The discussions focus in particular on the need to prevent a manpower shortage in the Member countries.
The series contains the Working Group’s interim and final reports as well as the discussions of the national governments of the members of the Group on the issues raised by the latter.
In addition to migration and manpower shortages, the discussions concern scientific manpower, the impact of NATO co-ordinated production programmes in the area of manpower, professional training, the issue of guest workers, the labour market in the FRG and how the other international organizations viewed the issue of manpower.
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The documents are arranged by type - Document (D), Note (N), Record/Summary Record (R) and Working Paper (WP).
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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The records were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.