Dispute, Eccles

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd April 1947.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Mr William Proctor Mr William Proctor , Eccles 12:00 am, 3rd April 1947

asked the Minister of Labour how long it will take to obtain a final decision from the conciliation machinery in the case of the dispute at Messrs. Gardeners, Eccles.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

As I stated in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend, and to my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford (Mr. Austin) on 26th March, I trust that the industry's constitutional machinery will be enabled to operate with the least possible delay. I am, however, not in a position to say how soon a final settlement will be reached.

Photo of Mr William Proctor Mr William Proctor , Eccles

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the extent of this dispute and the fact that 12 men have been dismissed and have been victimised? Is he aware that an influential deputation representing the workers attended on Members of this House, and expressed the opinion that the use of the official machinery might involve a delay of two years in coming to a final decision?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I am not aware of those facts, and I do not accept that there is likely to be that delay. I am a little disappointed that the trade unionists do not go to their trade union for cooperation. It is the action of the men in the shops which is delaying the operation of the machinery, not the trade unions.

Photo of Mr William Proctor Mr William Proctor , Eccles

Would my right hon. Friend inquire into the facts, and see whether it is not necessary, in view of the possibility of a grave dispute, for this machinery to be overhauled?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

That is another question. The trade union concerned is making its application for the machinery to be put into operation, and while the men concerned are taking certain action they are preventing the machinery from coming into operation.

Photo of Sub-Lieutenant Herschel Austin Sub-Lieutenant Herschel Austin , Stretford

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that a rank injustice is being done to these 12 men, and that this is the most flagrant case of victimisation that has yet appeared since the resumption of the industry? As this has been going on since 3rd March, will he not do something to settle it?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

Not any more than I have previously said I would do. I am not satisfied that there is a rank injustice. It is not for me to express an opinion, but the fact that there has been so much interference has only delayed a settlement.