HC Deb 27 November 1912 vol 44 c1300W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Midland Railway Company officials at Sheffield are organising and supporting a union known as the National Union of Free Workers, the ostensible object of which is to break up trade unionism; and further, having regard to the fact that officials of this company are openly informing the men that if they want promotion the only means open to them is by joining this organisation and leaving their trade union, and whether, seeing that this intimidation, if not discontinued, will lead to a definite stand being made by the organised railwaymen to protect themselves against such methods, he will take steps, in the interests of peace between the railwaymen and the company, to ensure that no preferential treatment of this character is allowed?


I have asked the railway company for their observations on my hon. Friend's question, and will communicate with him when I receive them.