HC Deb 22 May 1969 vol 784 c109W
36. Mr. Frederic Harris

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what steps she proposes to take to resolve the present labour troubles in the London Docks, in view of the fact that lightning strikes and work-to-rule have prevented many importers obtaining their goods until some 40 days after the arrival of the boats.

Mr. Hattersley

A lasting improvement in industrial relations in the London Docks depends primarily upon the successful implementation of the second stage of the Devlin modernisation programme. My Department is in close touch with the industry, both through the National Modernisation Committee and directly with two sides, to help forward negotiations to this end.