HC Deb 27 June 1940 vol 362 c570
2. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider the advisability of promoting amongst firms engaged on war work the setting up of works councils based on trade union organisations, with a view to promoting the utmost degree of conciliation and co-operation?

Mr. Bevin

I have already indicated in various statements my desire that efficient arrangements should exist in all industrial establishments for the purpose of enabling all questions affecting the workpeople to be dealt with smoothly and quickly and for the purpose of co-operating with the organisation I have established for the supply of workpeople to meet present needs. The form of workshop organisation is, in my opinion, a matter to be determined by arrangement between the employers and the unions.

Mr. Mander

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the great importance of letting the workers feel that they are fully consulted and taken into co-operation, and will he use all his influence to see that that is secured?

Mr. Bevin

I have been doing that for 30 years.