Dockyard Workers (Pay)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 1st March 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what priority is being given to pay increases for low-paid Government workers in Her Majesty's Dockyards and other Admiralty establishments.

Photo of Mr Maurice Foley Mr Maurice Foley , West Bromwich

The new wages structure for Government workers will cover all grades and operate from the same date.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Would my hon. Friend agree that the pay of many workers in Admiralty establishments has fallen far below that of others in outside industry, and that it must be looked at urgently if the labour force is to be retained?

Photo of Miss Joan Vickers Miss Joan Vickers , Plymouth, Devonport

When the hon. Gentleman says "all grades", will he tell us if this includes the victualling yards and the armament depĂ´ts as well?

Photo of Mr Maurice Foley Mr Maurice Foley , West Bromwich

It means all industrial grades.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what further progress has been made on the implementation of proposals for a new pay structure in Her Majesty's Dockyards; and when the next general increase in pay can be expected.

Photo of Mr Maurice Foley Mr Maurice Foley , West Bromwich

Discussions on a new wages structure are proceeding with the trade unions with the aim of making it effective next July.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Would my hon. Friend agree that there has been far too much reliance in the past on ineffective so-called incentive schemes such as job price contract schemes, and that we must have an adequate and suitable basic pay structure for the future well-being of the dockyards?

Photo of Mr Maurice Foley Mr Maurice Foley , West Bromwich

The National Board for Prices and Incomes has recognised that the industrial workers in the dockyards were out of line with the current rates outside. The question of an incentive scheme is something different.

Photo of Mr William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West

Would the hon. Gentleman tell the House what proportion of the Defence Estimates is taken up by wages and salaries, and what offers of support he has had from his right hon. and hon. Friends for increases in the Defence Estimates to take account of increased wages?

Photo of Mr Maurice Foley Mr Maurice Foley , West Bromwich

With respect, I will deal with this matter later on under the Naval Estimates.