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Holiday Credits

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 1 November 1945

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asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that payment of holiday credits as at present arranged is causing dissatisfaction among workers who have to change their place of employment; and if he will take steps to remove this difficulty.

Different industries have different schemes for paid holidays and I am unable to identify the particular difficulty that the hon. Member has in mind. I would point out, however, that arrangements for payment for holidays are a matter for settlement through the normal machinery of negotiation in the industry concerned and it is open to workpeople who find that arrangements affecting them are not working smoothly to take up the matter through the normal trade union channels.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in many of the cases I have sent to his Department workers have found very great difficulty when they have appealed to various people for whom they have been working and to the people they have already left? These men are really being pushed from pillar to post on the question of holiday pay, and will my right hon. Friend look into the matter and see whether something cannot be done to meet the situation?

If my hon. Friend will send particulars of cases and the names of the trade unions concerned, I will see if I can help in the matter.