HC Deb 03 June 1949 vol 465 c2455
Mr. Eden

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Labour if he has any further statement to make about the situation on the railways?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Ness Edwards)

Yes, Sir. I understand that the meeting at which officials of the National Union of Railwaymen and the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen are meeting delegates of the men concerned in the Sunday stoppages is now taking place in York. I am pleased to confirm that the union executives are taking all steps to get their recommendations accepted.

Mr. Eden

I think that the House will welcome what the right hon. Gentleman has said. Can he meanwhile tell us anything about the go-slow movement and what is happening in that respect; and whether it is affecting, as I am told it is, the despatch of luggage to holiday makers?

Mr. Ness Edwards

Yes, Sir. This is causing some public inconvenience. Meetings are being held. I understand, at the depots this morning in order to convince these men that they are not helping the negotiations by the action in which they are indulging. I am sure that if they do not accept the advice of their leaders, they will earn public condemnation and the censure of their fellow trade unionists.