HC Deb 22 June 1939 vol 348 cc2423-4
4. Mr. Windsor

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the Scott Insulated Wire Company, Limited, of Queensland Works, Queensbury, London, N.W.9, dismissed 20 of their employés on 3rd May because they had joined a trade union on 28th April last; and whether steps will be taken to ensure that a firm engaged in direct or subsidiary Government contract work shall not continue in a policy of industrial victimisation?

Mr. E. Brown

I have been in communication with the employer and understand that the facts are as stated in the first part of the question though the men were given the option of withdrawing from the union. With regard to the last part of the question. I understand that this firm is not at present engaged directly or indirectly in Government contract work.

Mr. Windsor

Will the Minister make inquiries as to whether this firm is merely a subsidiary of the Vogel Wire Company, which is entirely German-controlled, and whether it is part of their policy to employ non-union labour and to be anti-Jewish?

Mr. Brown

If the hon. Member has any information, I shall be very glad to receive it from him.

Mr. Windsor

I will send it.

Mr. Watkins

Will the Minister say that it is contrary to Government policy for this victimisation to take place?

Mr. Brown

Most decidedly, Yes.