Works Committees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 29th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow


asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that many of the factories and workshops under the control of the employers of labour, who are parties of the various Whitley Joint Industrial Councils and the various labour co-partnerships, have joint committees of workers who have a voice in the internal management; and if he will take action in the matter?

Photo of Mr Thomas Macnamara Mr Thomas Macnamara , Camberwell North West

I am aware that a large number of works committees have been formed under schemes recommended to their respective industries by Joint Industrial Councils. The formation and scope of these committees are, of course, settled by agreement between the parties concerned.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if the Engineering Employers' Federation were to accept this principle there would be no dispute in the engineering trade at the present time?

Photo of Mr Thomas Griffiths Mr Thomas Griffiths , Pontypool

Is the right hon. Gentleman also aware that when the Whitley Councils were established this was intended?