HC Deb 09 June 1931 vol 253 c805
57. Mr. McSHANE

asked the Minister of Labour if she is aware that unemployed men are being offered, by Employment Exchanges, jobs with the Eldorado Ice Cream Company; that the wages offered are 3s. per day plus 2s. in the £ commission; that the hours are expressly stated as 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays to Sundays; that this means 801 hours per week; and that men who have refused such work have been disallowed benefit; and whether she will give instructions to her officers to offer no more of these jobs?


The wages and hours are substantially as stated; I understand the hours are those of leaving and returning to the depot. In certain cases benefit has been disallowed by courts of referees on refusal of this employment, but I am informed that the question of an appeal to the Umpire is under consideration. I have no authority to issue the instructions suggested in the last part of the question.


Does not the right hon. Lady see the danger of the principle involved in this matter, and that is that no one shall be allowed unemployment benefit if they refuse a job where they have to work seven days a week? Does she not see the danger of the implication?


That is not the principle involved here, because, as a, matter of fact, in two or three cases of a similar kind the courts of referees have allowed benefit.

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