§ 54. Mr. Driberg
asked the Postmaster-General by what authority a notice concerning the Post Office dispute was displayed at Mount Pleasant on 13th July; if he is aware that the notice is expressed in threatening and provocative terms; at how many other offices this notice has been displayed; and if he will stop its further distribution and withdraw it forthwith.
§ Mr. Bevins
The notice was displayed on the authority of Post Office Headquarters. I do not accept that its terms are threatening or provocative. It informed the staff that they would not be paid while on strike and that for the day of the strike the privilege of taking paid sick leave without a medical certificate would be withdrawn. In the interests of the staff it also reminded them of certain standing provisions relating to their employment. Notices in much the same terms were put up at other offices likely to be affected by the strike planned for today.