HC Deb 03 March 1948 vol 448 cc378-9
43. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what provision now exist in Cyprus for the entering into and implementing of collective agreements between workers and employers.

Mr. Rees-Williams

There is no special law in Cyprus governing collective agreements between workers and employers, nor is there any law preventing or limiting them. Such agreements are in practice freely entered into and honoured, and are governed by the ordinary law of contracts.

Mr. Hughes

Is my hon. Friend aware that the ordinary activities of trade unions are nearly eliminated in Cyprus, so that the making of bargains is very difficult? What is being done to resolve those difficulties, so that the island can live in peace and happiness?

Mr. Rees-Williams

There is a certain amount of legislation with regard to minimum wages, but I have not heard of any particular difficulties arising out of the absence of other legislation.

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