Oral Answers to Questions — Wages (Awards and Agreements).

– in the House of Commons on 10th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he has been made aware of the decision reached by the Association of Joint Industrial Councils and Interim Reconstruction Committees in favour of legislation being passed to give the necessary power to him to make binding upon the whole of any industry any wages awards or agreements, or arrangements as to working hours and conditions made or confirmed by joint industrial councils or interim reconstruction committees; and, if so, will he state his attitude towards such a decision?

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

I am aware of the decision reached by the Association of Joint Industrial Councils. As has already been stated, the proposal for legislation to make joint industrial council agreements compulsory through- out an industry appears to require a greater measure of agreement by employers' and workers' organisations generally than has yet been signified.