Although it is true that the worker can be dismissed for these and other offences specified in the Order, he has the right to be reinstated and to receive his normal rate of pay from the date of his dismissal to the date of his reinstatement in any of the following contingencies:—
- (a) If he is not, within 48 hours of his dismissal, brought before a court and charged with the offence in question, or
- (b) is acquitted of the charge or discharged, or
- (c) is convicted of the charge but the sentence imposed does not include either imprisonment or the payment of a fine.
The acts referred to by my hon. Friend are not offences for the purposes of the Order unless committed without reasonable excuse. Before this Order was made its provisions were submitted to the Labour Advisory Board
, which includes five labour representatives drawn from the trade unions. The labour representatives, with one exception, agreed with the rest of the Board that the penalties provided for in the Order were necessary in the present exceptional circumstances.