HC Deb 27 May 1941 vol 371 cc1735-6W
Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies why, contrary to local opinion and in the middle of the war, he is pressing on the Government of Kenya the passing of trade union legislation, instead of waiting until hostilities have ceased?

Mr. George Hall

The Kenya Trade Union Ordinance was passed in the year 1937 and unions have already been formed and registered under the Ordinance. The Ordinance was based upon the earlier United Kingdom Trade Union legislation of 1871 and 1876; and in June, 1939, Mr. Malcolm MacDonald drew the attention of the Governor to the question of including provision prohibiting actions of tort against trade unions on the lines of Section 4 of the United Kingdom Trade Disputes Act, 1906. The amending Bill which contains this provision is now under consideration by the Kenya Legislature.