§ 74. Mr. Alport
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement regarding the outcome of recent ballots held by the European Mineworkers Union of Northern Rhodesia on African advancement and regarding the present atmosphere of industrial relations in the copperfields.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
I am very glad to say that the first ballot in January showed a majority of union members in favour of fragmentation of European jobs in the interests of African advancement. The outcome of a second ballot on the same question held recently has not yet been made by the union. Generally, the present atmosphere of industrial relations is fairly good following the settlement last month of the African strike.