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Insurance Companies (Engineering Trade Unions)

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that three Manchester engineering insurance companies, namely, The British Engine, Boiler and Electrical Insurance Company, Limited, The National Boiler and General Insurance Company, Limited, and The Vulcan Boiler and General Insurance Company, Limited, refuse to recognise or negotiate with the trade unions representing a large majority of their staffs; and whether he will use his good offices to remove this cause of resentment?

This question has been brought to my right hon. Friend's notice by the two trade unions concerned, who at his request supplied him with certain information on the matter. He is now proposing to approach the three companies with a view to discussing the position with them.

I take it the Minister agrees that it is part of his functions to assist the removal of grievances in order that good will may prevail in this industry?

As the hon. Member is aware the Minister has no direct responsibility for this matter, but he will do what he can by seeing both sides.