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Tractor Workers, Coventry (Dismissal)

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour whether his attention has been drawn to the mass dismissal of 1,700 tractor workers by the Standard Motor Company, Coventry; and what action he is taking to find them employment.

Yes, Sir. The employment exchanges through the normal machinery are assisting redundant workers who register to find suitable employment.

Will my right hon. Friend say how many vacancies exist for these men in this district, and how soon he expects to find jobs for the men now redundant?

The work of finding new jobs for them is already in progress. There are 250 workers actually registered. They were dismissed with a week's wages in lieu of notice, and up to Friday last 65 out of the 250 had already been placed. The vacancies in the area are: Coventry, 1,600; Birmingham, 4,104; Wolverhampton, 844.