HC Deb 05 May 1949 vol 464 c1206
66. Mr. Bramall

asked the Minister of Labour if his attention has been drawn to the strike at J. E. Dallas, Bexleyheath, where there has been an official stoppage for five weeks against the employer's refusal to pay agreed rates of wages; and what action he proposes to take to bring about a settlement.

The Minister of Labour (Mr. Isaacs)

Yes, Sir. My Department is in touch with the parties to this dispute with a view to finding a basis for a resumption of work.

Mr. Bramall

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this dispute has only arisen owing to the refusal of the employer to recognise trade unionism, and to recognise the agreed rate of wages in the industry; and will he ensure that they do not have facilities for recruiting new workers in order to make redundant the people involved in this strike?

Mr. Isaacs

That is a different question from the one on the Order Paper. I have informed my hon. Friend that I am aware of the dispute, and that we are helping the parties to try to find agreement.