MR. KEIR-HARDIE (West Ham, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that on 21st January, 1893, the Kellham Rolling Mill Company, Limited, Sheffield, sent a notice to each of their employés, signed by the secretary and manager, informing them that unless they joined the yard club they would be dismissed; whether such action infringes the provisions of the Truck Act; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?
§ MR. ASQUITH
The answer to the first paragraph of the hon. Member's question is in the affirmative. I am advised that employers are entitled, on a revocable authority of the employés, to pay over a part of the wages to a sick 1856 and benefit club, but that a contract between employers and employed to make membership of such a club a condition of employment is illegal. In this case there clearly appears to have been an infringement of the Truck Act, and the employers will be warned accordingly.