§ 79. Mr. Awbery
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many official strikes have taken place in Singapore during the past three months, and in what industries; how many workpeople were involved; and what is the average hourly wage paid to these men.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
There have been 12 strikes over industrial disputes since the beginning of March. They have taken place in a public transport service, a saw mill, a soft drink and soap factory, the Singapore Turf Club, a shoe manufacturing company, two engineering factories, a rubber company a brick works and the Harbour Board, the last on two occasions. About 4,700 workers have been involved. It is customary to pay wages on a daily and not an hourly basis. The daily wage of those involved varies from $3 to $10.