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Durham Winding Enginemen' S Strike

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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Having regard to the outstanding efforts made by mineworkers in the Durham area and by their unions to maintain coal production in the area during the interruption resulting from the strike of winding enginemen belonging to the Durham County Winders' Association (which is not associated with the National Union of Mineworkers and not recognised by the National Coal Board) and to the fact that many of such mineworkers have lost earnings as a result of this stoppage, the Northern Divisional Coal Board, with the concurrence of the National Coal Board, have decided to make an ex-gratia payment to reduce the loss of the men affected.

The Board have accordingly made available to the associations affiliated to the Durham County Mining Federation Board the sum of 150,000 to supplement whatever payment the unions may decide to make to those men who have suffered in this way.

9th May, 1947