HC Deb 07 March 1917 vol 91 cc396-7
88. Mr. O'GRADY

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the dispute existing between Messrs. Burberry's, clothing manufacturers, Reading, the firm having locked out 300 men and women employés for refusing to sever their membership of their trade union; and whether, having regard to the fact that this action of Messrs. Burberry's is contrary to that of employers generally and of all federations of employers, and against the public opinion of the country, steps will be taken by instructing the Chief Industrial Commission to intervene with a view to bring the points in dispute to arbitration?


asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been called to the action of Messrs. Burberry's, clothing manufacturers, of London and Reading, in locking out nearly 300 men and women workers at Beading during the national crisis for refusing to sever their connection with their trade union, the United Garment Workers; and what action he proposes to take?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. Hodge)

I would refer my hon. Friends to the answer which I gave on Monday to a question on this subject by the hon. Member for Attercliffe. I can only add that I am taking further steps with a view to bringing the dispute to an end.