HC Deb 14 October 1943 vol 392 cc1075-6W
Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that Africans in Northern Rhodesia are unorganised and have no legitimate method of securing the redress of grievances or engaging in collective bargaining, he will take steps to establish a reasonable minimum wage?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

Representative organisations through which African workers may put forward their grievances have been established and are being developed in the industrial areas of Northern Rhodesia, while the Labour Department maintains touch with labour throughout the territory and makes representations on their behalf whenever necessary. Under the conditions of employment and Northern Rhodesia Arbitration Order, 1940, made under the Emergency Powers Regulations, 1939, machinery is provided for settling disputes in trades and industries essential to the prosecution of the war and representatives of African interests have been appointed to the panels set up under the Order. The question of introducing a legal minimum wage is under investigation by the Government of Northern Rhodesia.