§ 13. Mr. Bishop
asked the Minister of Labour what representations have been made to him regarding the anti-trade union conditions in the rules of the Foremen and Staff Mutual Benefit Society which some categories of workers are required by their employers to join, such conditions being in contravention of Conventions 87 and 98 of the International Labour Organisation and ratified by the United Kingdom; and what action he proposes to take.
§ Mr. Gunter
Representations have been made by a number of trade unions about this Society. The question of discrimination against membership of trade unions is being considered by the Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers' Associations, and I propose to await the Commission's report.
§ Mr. Bishop
Is my right hon. Friend aware that in view of the enormous number of representations and the amount of stuff that he has referred to the Commission, this will take a long time, and that this blatant anti-trade union legislation ought to be dealt with by Parliament forthwith?
§ Mr. Gunter
One of the unions involved, A.S.S.E.T., has submitted evidence to the Royal Commission which has invoked a reply in terms of evidence from the Society. I think that it would be as well if Lord Donovan had a look at it.
Mr. Edward M. Taylor
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Foremen and Staff Mutual Benefit Society is a voluntary organisation, which nobody is obliged to join?