Demolition Workers (Holidays With Pay).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Home Secretary whether contractors carrying out demolition work on air-raid damage sites in London are under any obligation to grant holidays with pay to their workpeople; and what representations he has received on this matter?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The Answer to the first part of the Question is in the negative. The demolition contractors undertaking the work in question are required to observe the usual fair wages clause which requires the employer to observe conditions of labour not less favourable than those commonly recognised in the trade in the district where the work is carried out.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Is the Home Secretary aware of any union that has taken up the matter regarding the granting of this principle to men at work?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I cannot say, but it is better that these matters should be discussed between the unions and the employers.