HC Deb 11 March 1947 vol 434 c1113
23. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give an assurance that men whose freedom to obtain employment is restricted by the Control of Engagement Order will not be required to join a trade union as a condition of retaining their existing employment.

Mr. Isaacs

This is a matter for settlement between representatives of employers and workers in the industries concerned.

Sir J. Mellor

If the right hon. Gentleman does restrict the freedom of these men, is he not prepared to protect them from any possibility of tyranny?

Mr. Isaacs

There is also the freedom of the other men who work with them, whether they like it or not.