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National Graphical Association (Dispute)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 30th November 1983.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office) 3:31 pm, 30th November 1983

The Government are allowing any wayward employer to use the courts of law as a weapon to win a victory in an industrial dispute. Cannot the Government get it into their head that the key to improving industrial relations lies in conciliation, not confrontation?

What action will the Home Secretary now take, as a member of the Cabinet, to get the parties to this dispute round the table to sort out their differences by the time-honoured process of negotiation and conciliation? How many more lamentable episodes such as this will we have to go through before the Government learn that vital lesson?