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Miners' Inducements

Volume 437: debated on Thursday 22 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will state in detail the various inducements offered to miners, married and single, to give a full week's work and to encourage young men to enter the industry.

I am unable to give the hon. Member a detailed reply, as terms and conditions in the industry are determined by some thousands of collective agreements in force between the National Coal Board and representative workers' organisations. Among the inducements are national ownership of the industry and recognition of the miner's proper status. The improved conditions of work and of general living through the five-day week with bonus, the guaranteed wage, annual and statutory holidays with pay, extra food, better welfare facilities and opportunities for promotion are additional inducements. Finally, there are improved relations between managements and men through new conciliation and consultative machinery.