HC Deb 16 May 1950 vol 475 cc1015-6
85. Mr. Gibson

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the refusal of the Bank Belge to recognise or nego- tiate with the National Union of Bank Employees, and of the fact that 73 per cent. of the staff of this bank are members of the trade union concerned, he will now say whether he intends to take further action with a view to securing that the right of trade union representation is accorded by this bank to its employees.

Mr. Isaacs

The question of trade union representation is a matter for settlement between the employer and the trade union concerned. I have no powers in the matter.

Mr. H. Hynd

My right hon. Friend says he has no power in the matter, but is it not a matter of public concern, for which his Department must take some responsibility, when an employer refuses to recognise a union that admittedly has a majority of his staff in its membership?

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Does this not apply to the Post Office union about which we have been hearing?