Oral Answers to Questions — London Docks (Ships' Clerks' Strike)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th June 1951.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Robens Mr Alfred Robens , Blyth 12:00 am, 7th June 1951

The unofficial strike of ships' clerks which began on 4th June has spread this morning to include 1,400 men, 48 still being at work. The strike-is not supported by the dockers and stevedores, but it has rendered idle some 8,000 who were available for work this morning. The stoppage is in protest against the recruitment by the London Dock Labour Board of 80 additional clerks as part of the general addition of 1,500 men to the London Dock Workers' Register.

Efforts are being made by the two unions concerned in an endeavour to obtain an immediate resumption of work and allow any questions arising to be further considered through the appropriate machinery.