Foreman and Staff Mutual Benefit Society (Conditions)

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 Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark 12:00 am, 10th July 1967

asked the Minister of Labour what representations have been made to him regarding the anti-trade union conditions in the rules of the Foremen and Staff Mutual Benefit Society which some categories of workers are required by their employers to join, such conditions being in contravention of Conventions 87 and 98 of the International Labour Organisation and ratified by the United Kingdom; and what action he proposes to take.

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

Representations have been made by a number of trade unions about this Society. The question of discrimination against membership of trade unions is being considered by the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers' Associations, and I propose to await the Commission's report.

Photo of Mr Edward Bishop Mr Edward Bishop , Newark

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in view of the enormous number of representations and the amount of stuff that he has referred to the Commission, this will take a long time, and that this blatant anti-trade union legislation ought to be dealt with by Parliament forthwith?

Photo of Mr Raymond Gunter Mr Raymond Gunter , Southwark

One of the unions involved, A.S.S.E.T., has submitted evidence to the Royal Commission which has invoked a reply in terms of evidence from the Society. I think that it would be as well if Lord Donovan had a look at it.

Mr. Edward M. Taylor:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Foremen and Staff Mutual Benefit Society is a voluntary organisation, which nobody is obliged to join?