It is the responsibility of the worker to arrange to have his membership transferred, if this is possible, or to have contributions paid on his behalf while he is away from home. The leaflet "Going Away on War Work," of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy, is given to each transferred worker and deals with this matter.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that, in some cases where the transfer of men to other employment is being effected, indoor workers who have been accustomed to work in high temperatures have been moved to outdoor employment and that most of these workers are over middle age; and whether he will issue instructions that when such transfers are made, in so far as is possible, the nature of a man's previous employment will be taken into account?
In transferring workers, employment exchanges have instructions to have regard to previous experience, physical capability and other relevant factors. If my hon. Friend will send me details of any particular case he has in mind, I will make inquiries.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the protest of London builders against the transfer of skilled tradesmen from their employment to work as labourers for large contractors in other parts of the country; and whether the operative trade unions concerned are consulted regarding the transfers?
The policy of transferring skilled tradesmen to work as labourers which is necessitated by the requirements of the urgent Government building programme, has been made in full consultation with the national organisations of employers and operatives in the building and civil engineering industries.
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Mr. Joseph Baxendale, 499, Manchester Road, Westhoughton, Lancashire, was recently directed to work in the Lincoln area as a general labourer; that he was examined by the independent medical officer of his department, who issued a certificate that there are slight irregular nystagmoid movements of both eyes; that the Lincoln job fell through, and that he was then directed to proceed to work at Peterborough; and will he place him in employment near his home?
On becoming unemployed, Mr. Baxendale registered at the employment exchange and was directed to work in the Lincoln area as a general labourer. The medical referee reported that his vision was normal apart from some slight irregular mystagmoid movement in both eyes, and that this did not influence his work as a general labourer. The local appeal board disallowed his appeal, but by this time the job had been filled. He was then directed to a similar job at Peterborough, and he again appealed to the local appeal board, who will hear his appeal on 20th November.
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman take steps in a case like this, where it is agreed that the man is suffering from nystagmus and cannot work very well unless he is guided to and from his work? Would it not be possible to find a job for him near his home? Then he could work properly.