HC Deb 05 December 1945 vol 416 cc2303-4
12. Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any statement to make on the recent strike by railway employees in Northern Rhodesia; why the general manager of the railways informed the Press that the men had struck without previously approaching him, although he had been approached in writing six times; and what action has been or will be made to meet the demands of the employees.

Mr. George Hall

The recent strike in Northern Rhodesia of African employees of Rhodesia railways lasted from 27th October to 6th November. As regards the second part of the Question, the general manager is not a Government official, but the servant of the railway company and I have no information regarding any statement made by him to the Press. As regards the last part of the Question, I am not at present in a position to make a statement, as a commission appointed by the Governor is examining the grievances of the African employees.