Mr. T. WILSON (by Private Notice)
asked the Minister of Munitions whether the whole of the wood-workers employed at the munition works in the Birkenhead and 1474 Liverpool district are on strike, and, if so, will he state the cause of the strike, and what steps he is taking in the matter.
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of MUNITIONS (Mr. Kellaway)
A number of wood-workers in the Liverpool district are on strike against the introduction of a system of payment by results at a national factory in that area. This system was introduced at the request of the men in the factory. Negotiations were taking place between the Ministry and the National Aircraft Committee, but certain of the men in the district in works other than the factory in question ceased work whilst the negotiations were proceeding. It is hoped that work will be immediately resumed, but, if not, the Government will take such action as the circumstances require.