C.B.R. Jersey Mills, Brighton

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Labour – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Dennis Hobden Mr Dennis Hobden , Brighton, Kemptown 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

asked the Minister of Labour what progress is being made to obtain the reinstatement of the 18 employees locked-out from C.B.R. Jersey Mills of Brighton.

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

My officers held a joint meeting on 11th May, and have since had many separate discussions with the parties. It has not been possible, so far, to find a basis for settlement of this dispute. I shall continue to keep in close touch with developments.

Photo of Mr Dennis Hobden Mr Dennis Hobden , Brighton, Kemptown

Does not my right hon. Friend think that the working conditions at this firm, under which an employee is required to work a basic 72 hours a week, denote a serious deficiency in our factory legislation? Would it not be correct to say that the actions of this employer should be reported to the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers' Associations?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

I am sure that the trade union involved will avail itself of that opportunity if it so desires. I would not like to comment on the conditions outlined by my hon. Friend as prevailing at these works. It seems that attitudes are being taken by both sides, and that it is rather difficult to get them together.