HC Deb 31 October 1956 vol 558 cc1431-2
14. Mr. Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what ground hotel and boarding-house workers and employers in the agricultural and horticultural industries in the Bahamas are not permitted to form trade unions.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Because of restrictions imposed by the Trade Unions Act of 1943. It is the intention of the Bahamas Government to introduce fresh legislation designed amongst other things to remove these restrictions.

Mr. Allaun

While thanking the Minister for that reply, for which I am very grateful, may I ask whether he is aware that the treatment of workers concerned in the two most profitable industries contrasts with the treatment of the railwaymen and dockers and that there seems to be no good reason for the discrimination, because they are similar sorts of people?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

That fact is in the minds of the members of the Bahamas House of Assembly.

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