43. Marquess of CLYDESDALE
asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that a political levy has been charged by the National Union of Foundry Workers in the case of certain employés of the 916 Carntyne Steel Casting Company, Limited, Renfrew, who have not contracted in and against their express wishes; and what steps does he propose taking with a view to preventing such illegal practices?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Sir Henry Betterton)
I am not aware of the case to which the question refers, but any member of the union who wishes to make a complaint as to the matter can do so to the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies under Section 3 (2) of the Trade Union Act, 1913.
§ Mr. PIKE
Does not an Act of Parliament exist for the purpose of preventing the action stated in the question; and, in view of the fact that it is an offence under that Act, may I ask why the responsibility should fall upon any member who suffers of having to report it to the Registrar of Friendly Societies?
§ Sir H. BETTERTON
The answer is that the Act says so. The Act expressly provides that in such a case, assuming that the facts are as stated, the proper course is to complain to the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies.
§ Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE
Will the Minister look into the question whether a certain amount of intimidation is not going on at the present time?
§ Mr. CHARLES BROWN
If the Minister makes such inquiries, will he at the same time make inquiries as to whether the coalowners of Nottingham force men into unions which they do not want to join?