HC Deb 01 March 1917 vol 90 c2140
43. Mr. O'GRADY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the claim for an advance of 2d. per hour to the present rate of 7¾d. per hour has been rejected by the War Office when applied for on behalf of the employés working for the Army Ordnance Department at Gloucester; whether the request of the workpeople for their claim to be submitted to arbitration has also been rejected; and, if so, will he give instructions for the matter to be referred to arbitration in accordance with the Munitions of War Acts?


Yes, Sir. According to my information the rate paid is consonant with the Fair-Wages Resolution of this House. I understand that an arbitration is about to take place as to the wages of men employed by the Munitions Department in the same locality, and I am awaiting the result before taking further steps.