HC Deb 02 July 1920 vol 131 cc902-4W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has received representations from the National Union of Laundry Workers, or others, with reference to a threatened deadlock in the pro- ceedings of the Laundry Trade Board, particularly in the proposed award for male workers; whether his attention has been called to the fact that in the board there are only three active laundry workers compared with 14 representing other trades; and whether any steps will be taken to set up a new board in view of the fact that board has completed its term of office?


While the settlement of minimum rates of wages for male workers in the laundry trade was not reached without much discussion by the members of the Trade Board, the Board eventually agreed on its proposals for these workers. These will be issued for the consideration of the employers and workers in the trade in accordance with the Trade Boards Acts.

The workers' side of the Trade Board consists of representatives of unions having a substantial number of laundry workers among their members and of actual workers in the trade. The Board was established for one year only and steps are being taken to constitute the new Board. I anticipate that the latter will be appointed shortly and, in this connection, I shall be glad to consider any nominations for appointment to the Board of employers or workers connected with the trade.

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