HC Deb 20 July 1944 vol 402 cc349-50
56. Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will specify the number of strikes that have taken place in the coalfields since 6th June; the reason of such strikes; how they were settled and on what terms; and whether any still continue.

Captain McEwen (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. One hundred strikes have taken place in the coalmining industry since 6th June. Fifty-four strikes arose from demands for payments or increases in wages; 30 from dissatisfaction with working conditions; eight from sympathy with dismissed workmen and eight for miscellaneous reasons. Eighty-four strikes have been settled; agreement was reached in five cases; work was resumed under pre-stoppage conditions in 52 cases and in the remaining 27 cases negotiations were to take place. Sixteen strikes still continue.

Sir T. Moore

Could my hon. and gallant Friend call the attention of the miners of England and Wales to the position in Scotland where the Scottish Mine Workers' Association recently passed a resolution that they would have no more strikes until victory is won?

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