HC Deb 26 February 1942 vol 378 c327
14. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the publicity given to the fining of 10 dockyard workers by their trade union for having worked overtime on unloading a ship, he will make a statement to clarify the position and to allay public anxiety?

Mr. Bevin

The men concerned were not fined for working overtime but for doing work appropriate to another gang, thus infringing a long-established rule of their union providing for the equal distribution of work. I regret very much that public anxiety should have been caused by inaccurate and misleading reports on this subject in the Press.

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