HC Deb 03 August 1922 vol 157 cc1664-5
36. Captain O'GRADY

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the fact that the British Legion are supplying men to the manager of the White City Exhibition, London, on stand-fitting work at a less rate of wages than that laid down in the agreement between the management and the Exhibition Stand Fitters' Association and the trades unions representing the various classes of workmen employed, and that in some cases men are employed there to do carpenters' work at 18s. per week less than the carpenters' rate of wages; that unions and the association concerned, failing to get an understanding on this matter with the directors of the White City, have refused to allow their members to continue at work; and, having regard to the circumstances of the times and the discontent that such action is creating, will he take steps to bring this state of affairs to a. conclusion satisfactory to both the ex-service men and the trade unionists affected?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Dr. Macnamara)

I have been asked to reply. I am informed by the British Legion that they have not supplied men to the manager of the White City Exhibition for stand fitting work; that, the Legion supply men only on condition that the proper rates of wages are paid; and that the Legion have discussed the position with trade unions concerned and satisfied them as to their action. However, in view of the statements made in the last part of the question, I will see whether I can properly make any further inquiry.

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