HC Deb 22 June 1955 vol 542 c73W
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.