Industrial Disputes (Strike Ballots)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th January 1954.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 19th January 1954

asked the Prime Minister if he will introduce legislation which will make strikes illegal until such time as a secret ballot of the workers, under Government auspices, has been taken.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Woodford

No, Sir. Her Majesty's Government have no intention of departing from the established tradition in this country under which the trade union movement is left to manage its own affairs to the fullest possible extent without Government interference. I am advised that the disadvantages of my hon. Friend's proposal would greatly outweigh any advantages.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Would it not be a good thing if the workers were able to express their opinions without fear of victimisation and dictation by their own trade union leaders?