Women Workers (Wage Claims)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 15th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Kennedy Mr Thomas Kennedy , Kirkcaldy District of Burghs

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of disquiet in the war industries regarding Government policy on the wages claim of women employed in the engineering and other trades for equal treatment with men in view of the likely further comb-out of men in those industries; and whether Government policy will establish the principle of equal pay for equal work?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Wage claims in respect of women workers should, like other wage claims, be dealt with through industrial negotiating machinery, with recourse to arbitration if necessary.

Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the piece-rates are the same in these matters?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

In certain cases, but much of the work is, of course, new. The piece-rate fixing system is the same in both cases.