HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc182-3W
77. Mr. Hutchinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what ground nearly 30,000 daily paid workers in Government Departments in Ceylon are denied the right to form a trade union.

Mr. Creech Jones

Daily paid workers m Ceylon may join any of the trade unions at present registered. The question of extending their rights so as to permit of the formation of new unions or their joining unregistered unions is one of the number of issues which have lately assumed considerable local political importance and is within the competence of the Ceylon Government. I have no doubt 'the matter will be determined by the first Parliament under the new Constitution.