HC Deb 15 April 1937 vol 322 cc1163-4
31. Mr. Mathers

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the communication addressed to him by the Scottish Bankers Association complaining of intimidation in the Union Bank and North Bank; and whether he is prepared to appoint a committee of inquiry to investigate and, if possible, remove the grievances complained of and secure the proper recognition of the staff association?

Mr. E. Brown

I have received a telegram from the general secretary of the Scottish Bankers Association making certain allegations, but I have not such information as would justify me in taking action at this juncture.

Mr. Mathers

On the information in his possession, will the right hon. Gentleman at least indicate that he deprecates any such action being taken by the employers, and will he also give an indication that it would be in accordance with his desire that this union should be recognised?

Mr. Brown

I cannot do that on the information that I have received.

Mr. Mathers

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the charges of veiled intimidation are to the effect that members of this union are being asked whether in certain circumstances they would or would not go on strike, and that the employers have gone the length of withholding or indicating the withholding of regular increases in salary?