U.S. Air Base (Employees Wages)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Guiana – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26 October 1949.

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Photo of Mr John Platts-Mills Mr John Platts-Mills , Finsbury 12:00, 26 October 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether he has now received a report from the Governor of British Guiana in connection with the rejection by the United States authorities of the claim by employees at the air base, Atkinson Field, for wage increases, following upon the ruling by the United States Supreme Court that the American Fair Labour Standards Act is applicable to all persons employed in any military base that has been leased to the United States of America; and what action arising therefrom he proposes to take.

Photo of Mr Arthur Jones Mr Arthur Jones , Shipley

Yes, Sir. I have been informed by the Governor that he has no knowledge of any such claims having been lodged with the United States authorities by any British Guianese employees at Atkinson Field. I do not propose to take any action.