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Bahamas (Legislation)

Volume 395: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether an account will be given respecting the implementation of recommendations of the Bahamas Committee of Inquiry; what steps have been taken to improve trade union law in the Bahamas; and when a secret ballot is likely to be introduced?

Yes, Sir. The position is that trades union and workmen's compensation legislation has already been passed by the Bahamas Legislature. The Trade Union Act, however, falls short in some respects of the standard which I regard as desirable and the question of the introduction of an amending Act is now under consideration locally. It is proposed to introduce into the House of Assembly during the forthcoming Session legislation for the extension of the secret ballot to the whole of the Colony.

Will any kind of report be available to Members of this House indicating the progress being made by the various schemes in the West Indies?

I do not think I could issue periodical reports, but I should be only too glad to answer Questions at any time showing what has happened.

Is the introduction of the secret ballot to any extent in the hands of the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's Department, or is it entirely a matter for the Bahamas Legislature?