HC Deb 26 January 1944 vol 396 c680
36. Mr. Riley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the grievances in connection with working conditions, allowances, leave, compensation and welfare facilities prevailing among the lower ranks of Government employees in Jamaica; and whether the requests of these employees to have their trade unions recognised by the Government have yet been resolved.

Colonel Stanley

A Committee appointed to consider the pay and conditions of service of the subordinate staff of the Government of Jamaica completed its report in November last. The Committee's recommendations regarding pay have been accepted and given retrospective effect to 1st April, 1943. I have not yet received the full report and no doubt there are matters relating to conditions of service which are still under examination locally. As regards the second part of the Question, I have received a despatch from the Governor of Jamaica forwarding communications from the Federation of Government Employees Organisations raising a number of points which are now under consideration.