HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 c1258W
Mr. Cluse

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he is applying the fair wages resolution in connection with the centralised slaughter-houses; and whether he will select the wages and conditions of the appropriate trade union in the industry as the most equitable method of implementing that resolution?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

When the full plan for the Government control of meat and livestock is put into operation, the slaughtering of stock will be carried out by contractors who will be required to observe the obligations imposed by the fair wages clause applicable to all Government contracts. In accordance with this clause, where particular wages and working conditions are commonly recognised by employers and trade unions in the trade in the district where the work is carried out, the contractor will be bound by the terms of his contract to observe such wages and conditions. In the absence of recognised wages and conditions in the district concerned, the contractor will be bound to observe wages and conditions not less favourable than those which, in practice, prevail among good employers in that district.

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