Strikes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

asked the Secretary for Mines how many unofficial strikes have taken place in the coal industry during the last month; what was their duration; and how many men were involved?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

During the three weeks ended 23rd May there were 86 strikes, involving loss of time by approximately 58,000 wage earners. The duration of the dispute varied, but, in all, 141,688 man-shifts were lost in the period. Information for the week ended 30th May is not yet available.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Chislehurst

What steps have been taken, if any, to bring home to the miners the seriousness of the situation created by unofficial strikes?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

Everything possible has been done to bring home to the minds of the men who have abstained from work the great loss and injury inflicted upon the nation by their action. I am glad to say that almost all the men are back at work to-day.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Are not these strikes illegal?

Photo of Mr David Grenfell Mr David Grenfell , Gower

They are not strictly illegal.