Shipbuilding Strike, Tyneside

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has completed his inquiry into the causes of the shipbuilding strike on the Tyneside; and whether he can inform the House as to the findings?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

My right hon. Friend is in communication with the organisations concerned on both sides and would prefer not to make any further statement at present.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Do I understand that this stoppage was against the wishes of the organisation concerned? Does the Minister intend to make a proper inquiry into the grievances of a large body of men who struck against the wishes of then-union? Will he consult somebody other than the leaders of the organisation?

Photo of Mr Malcolm McCorquodale Mr Malcolm McCorquodale , Sowerby

I have nothing to add to my reply.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

But does the hon. Gentleman realise that that is rather a scurvy way of dealing with some tens of thousands of men whose method of working compares favourably with that of any body of workers in this country? Does it mean that, with another Parliamentary Recess coming, we are to have no answer at all, and does he realise that this matter has aroused considerable interest on Tyneside?

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that deep-seated grievances in the matter of wages were not attended to for months?