HC Deb 12 March 1934 vol 287 cc2-3
4. Mr. McENTEE

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he can give the House information regarding the strikes which broke out recently among the textile workers in the Bombay presidency and other centres; in how many industrial towns in India the textile workers have resorted to strike action; whether he is aware that at Delhi the police were employed to force the textile workers to resume work; and whether he can state what are the demands of the workers on strike?


Between the 1st January and the 15th February six strikes in textile mills have been reported, three in Bombay City, one at Dhulia, one at Ahmedabad and one at Delhi. Four were due to cuts actual or anticipated in pay or allowances, one to delay in payment of wages and one to complaints about working conditions. In none of the reports received is there any confirmation of the suggestion made regarding the position at Delhi.


Is it the fact that in those cases where delay has occurred it has been a delay of several weeks?


I have not the details available, but I will make inquiries if the hon. Member desires.