Dock Industry (Unions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Eric Heffer Mr Eric Heffer , Liverpool, Walton 12:00, 1 November 1965

asked the Minister of Labour if he will take steps to bring about agreement between the unions in the dock industry; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Ernest Thornton Mr Ernest Thornton , Farnworth

The Transport and General Workers' Union and the other unions represented on the Workpeople's Side of the National Joint Council have agreed with the Employers' Side in offering the National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers a seat on the National Modernisation Committee which the Council has set up to work out a new plan for modernising the industrial relations in the industry. The National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers have accepted the seat on the terms on which it was offered.

My right hon. Friend hopes shortly to make a general statement on the progress being made in implementing the recommendations of the Devlin Report.

Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree

Would the hon. Gentleman agree that that is only one aspect of the Devlin Report's recommendations, and is he aware that the Waterfront Committee, which represents all the users of the Merseyside ports, would like all the recommendations carried out?

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. That is another question.