Unofficial Strikes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 12th November 1936.

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Photo of Major James Despencer Robertson Major James Despencer Robertson , Salisbury

asked the Minister of Labour how many, unofficial strikes have taken place in this country during the last 12 months; whether he has any evidence as to the subversive influences which are causing such strikes; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any action?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Statistics are not available showing the total number of strikes which have not been officially recognised by the trade unions concerned, since specific inquiries on this point are not made by the Department. From an examination of such information as is in its possession, however, it would appear that of a total of 1,101 stoppages of work, owing to trade disputes, reported in the period from the beginning of January, 1935, to the end of September, 1936, at least 530 were within this category. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

How many of these disputes were lock-outs by the owners and not strikes by the men?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The answer deals with strikes.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

I thought you would not have them.

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

If the hon. Member puts down a question about lock-outs, I will try to give the answer.