HC Deb 19 April 1923 vol 162 cc2299-300W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will inquire into the case of A. G. Wesley, of Froggatt, Derbyshire, who, with another ex-service man, G. Bailey, after undergoing a course of training as silversmiths at the School of Art, Sheffield, were sent as improvers to Messrs. Gladwins, of Sheffield, and, after being there a week, were informed by the manager that the Gold, Silver, and Allied Trades Union objected to their presence in the works, as a consequence of which they were discharged; and whether he will, if the facts as stated are correct, do all possible to find suitable employment for these ex-service men?


I understand that Messrs. A. G. Wesley and G. Bailey were placed as improvers with Messrs. Glad-wins of Sheffield, but that exception was taken by unemployed silversmiths, and as a result they were temporarily transferred to the training school pending the consideration of their case by the local technical advisory committee for the gold, silver, and allied trades. Two officials of the trade union concerned, who are members of the committee, are trying to arrange a settlement on behalf of the committee. In any case, I will do all I can to find suitable employment for the two trainees.

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