HC Deb 27 June 1957 vol 572 c397
15. Mr. Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that domestic and agricultural workers, comprising the majority of Bahamas wage-earners, are still prevented from joining trade unions by the Trade Union Act, 1943; and what steps he proposes to take to end this ban.

Mr. Profumo

A Select Committee of the Bahamas House of Assembly is at present considering legislation designed to remove restrictions imposed on these workers by the Trade Unions Act of 1943.

Mr. Allaun

Does the Minister remember that eight months ago he told me that the Bahamas Government intended to introduce legislation to end this ban? How much longer is it to continue?

Mr. Profumo

That legislation has since been introduced and is now before a Select Committee of the House of Assembly, which is expected to report in the very near future.

Mr. D. Jones

Is it not the case that recently two civil servants were sent to the Bahamas from the Colonial Office, that they made a report and that report was submitted by the right hon. Gentleman to the Governor and came before the Legislative Council, which rejected it with contempt?

Mr. Profumo

No, Sir, the recommendations that were made for changes are those which the Government now have in mind.

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