HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 cc1376-7W
Dr. Morgan

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he is aware that the private banks, especially the big five, have persisted in refusing to recognise the principle of free and unfettered trade union organisation amongst their employés; and whether, having regard to the fact that this persistent refusal to accept and implement this principle of the right of workers to free association is impeding the national war effort and making the factory workers suspicious of the general attitude of the finance of the banking combines, it is his intention to make the recognition of trade unionism a condition of the National Government during the war doing any business with or through these banks?

Sir K. Wood

No, Sir. The committee of London clearing bankers have agreed to participate with representations of the staff in a joint conciliation council of employers and employés in the banking industry in England and Wales and at the present time representatives of the Bank Officers' Guild and of the Central Council of Bank Staff Associations are framing the constitution of the Staff Side of such a council.