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Dismissed Workers, Reinstatement Orders (Wage Payments)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 5 May 1943

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asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether he has considered a recent decision of the High Court to the effect that employers ordered by National Service officers to reinstate workers whom they have dismissed without justification can comply with the law by paying such workers wages whilst refusing to allow them to work; and whether he will take, steps to ensure that no money paid out in. this way shall be charged directly or indirectly against any contract with his Department?

Money paid in the circumstances outlined in the Question would not be taken into account in fixing fair and reasonable prices for supplies by the firm under the Department's contracts.