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Negotiating Machinery

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 19 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour what steps he proposes to take to speed up the negotiating machinery in industry.

This is a matter for the two sides of industry who, I am sure, are aware of the need to avoid delay.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that about 75 per cent. of all the strikes which have taken place in the last few years have been attributed by the strike leaders and the men to the length of time taken by this negotiating machinery?

I do not accept that conclusion. The fact is that the machinery is there, and if worked properly there is no reason for delay.