Orders of the Day — Strike, London Docks (Emergency Powers)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields 12:00 am, 8th July 1949

With the permission of the House, may I just say, with regard to the whole of the speech of the hon. Member for Thurrock (Mr. Solley), that both of the unions involved, who organise the men in these docks, have declared that these ships are not "black" and have ordered the men—their members—to proceed to unload them. One of the rules of the dock is that orders which are given must be obeyed. It must be quite clearly stated that this is not a dispute between the unions and the employers. This is an unofficial dispute organised not for industrial, but for political purposes. There is not a single point of industrial matters outstanding between the employers and the employed at the London Docks.