HC Deb 10 December 1934 vol 296 c9
6. Mr. McGOVERN (for Mr. MAXTON)

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can give the House information regarding the strike of labourers in the port of Calcutta; how long the strike has lasted; whether any vessels have been able to leave the port; what are the grievances of the port labourers; and what is the attitude of the Government of India in the matter?


The strike of stevedore labourers in the port of Calcutta began without notice on 26th November and still continues. On the first day of the strike loading and unloading ceased completely, but since then the work has been carried on with the aid of imported and locally recruited labourers and there is no serious hold-up at present. The principal demands of the port labourers are a reduction of hours and an increase in wages. The Government of Bengal are watching the situation closely but up to date neither party has approached the Government.


Is there any kind of conciliation board established in India to deal with these questions similar to that which we have in this country?