HC Deb 22 June 1921 vol 143 c1386W

asked the Minister of Labour how many days' work in the aggregate have been lost in Great Britain by labour disputes in the years 1919 and 1920, and to the latest available date in 1921, respectively?


The aggregate duration of all trade disputes involving stoppage of work, so far as reported to the Ministry of Labour, was approximately, 34,900,000 working days in 1919, and 27,000,000 working days in 1920. From the beginning of the present year until the end of May (the latest date to which statistics have been compiled) the corresponding number of working days lost was approximately 47,800,000, and when allowance is made for the continuation of the coal mining dispute and for other disputes known to have occurred during June, the total to the present date is estimated at over 70,000,000 days. These figures include time lost by workpeople thrown out of work, owing to the disputes, at the establishments where the disputes occurred, as well as by those actually on strike or locked-out, but not the time lost by those workpeople rendered idle at other establishments, as to which statistics are not available.