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the transcription. Finally, read the glossary information, phrasal
verbs (highlighted in yellow) and notes at
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Hampden, Personnel Manager, is Chairman of the Welfare Committee meeting)
Prince, Miss Tappett, Mr. Biggs... Well, I think everyone's here,
exceptthe Company Secretary, Mr. Buckhurst. I'm afraid he can't
join us this morning because he has to meet the Mayor for the opening
of the new factory extension. By the way, we'll have to be fairly
brief if we're to be down there before eleven. We don't want to miss
the official opening, do we?
Everyone seemed to be very satisfied, Mr. Hampden.
there any complaints?
there were a few silly ones, but nothing serious. Most people think
it's a great improvement on the old canteen.
Next, the suggestion was made that all wages should in future be paid
by cheque instead of in cash. Mr. Biggs undertook to enquire into
this. Well, Roy?
quite extensive enquiries, Mr. Hampden. Some people didn't object to
the idea.They understood the point about safety. But the majorityof
people, especially the male staff, didn't want to hear about it. They
like to see their money. Most of them asked when they'd have time to
go to a bank.
gather there's not much point in
pursuing this matter, anyway
for the time being.
we come to the question of sports facilities, and I'd first like to
make a statement about this. As you know, the management is seriously
interested in using the area of land beyond the new ex tension. One
suggestion is that some form of sportsground be provided. They ask
the Welfare Committee to make recommendations.
As a preliminary, I
think we should
put forward our own views on the matter. Roy,
perhaps we could start with your opinion.
if there's enough money that the land should be levelled and made into
a football field. The majority of employees are men, and football is
their favourite sport. I strongly recommend a
Mr. Biggs, that there are more male than female employees in this
firm, but still, there are a lot of women. I think it would be most
unfair if the men were given special treatment in this way.
you think, Miss Tappett?
Me? Oh, I
really don't know. Well, speaking for myself, I rather like things as
they are. It's nice, with the trees and the grass at lunch-time.
I think we
should ask for suggestions from everyone first. Then we can take a
there's a ballot, the majority wins. I think more interest should be
taken in minority opinions.
can do that, depending on the cash available. But the first thing is
to get information. Roy, would you be willing to make yourself
responsible for getting suggestions from the staff?
Oh, look, it's ten to eleven. I think we'll have
to adjourn if
we want to hear the speeches. I think we've settled most of the
business. Now we'd better fix the date of the next meeting...
minutesof the last meetingas read
phrase used when it is decided not to read the minutes of the last
According to rules governing official meetings, the minutes must be read
aloud if they have
not previously been circulated
(dar por leídas las minutas de la última reunión).
arise out of
To originate from; to originate in (surgir de).
to speed up
To make more
undertake to find out
To promise to enquire
or to investigate (encargarse de averiguar).
to draw money
To withdraw money
from a bank, a teller, etc. (extraer dinero, de un banco, cajero,
Out of fashion
(anticuado, fuera de moda, poco actual).
To insist, to participate,
involved (insistir, involucrarse en).
as a preliminary
going on (Previamente, antes de continuar).
to put forward
To propose, to
mention, to bring up (mencionar, comentar, adelantar).
A place or field
where football can be played (campo para jugar fútbol).
Showing favoritism (injusto, favoritista).
choice that is made by voting
(moción, lista para votar).
postpone the discussions until the next meeting
(suspender, levantar una sesión).