Oral Answers to Questions — Works Dispute (Walthamstow).

– in the House of Commons on 9th December 1919.

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Photo of Mr James Wignall Mr James Wignall , Forest of Dean

79.

asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to the dispute in progress at the works of Messrs. Short and Mason, scientific instrument manufacturers, Waltham-stow; whether he is aware that the firm refused to negotiate with the Amalgamated Instrument Makers' Society; that they have discharged some members of the union who had been in the service of the firm for many years; that the main body of the employés have now been on strike for ten weeks; and whether he can take any action to secure a settlement of this dispute?

Photo of Mr George Wardle Mr George Wardle , Stockport

Since the beginning of October my Department has been in touch with the parties to the dispute, which I understand is connected with the discharge of certain workpeople, but it has not been found practicable to bring about a settlement. It does not appear that the case is one in which farther action can usefully be taken.

Photo of Mr James Wignall Mr James Wignall , Forest of Dean

Is it not possible to make some inquiry or short investigation into the case, with a view to seeing fair play for the men who have been discharged?

Photo of Mr George Wardle Mr George Wardle , Stockport

A full inquiry has already been made