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Unemployment Benefit (Strikes)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 9 April 1951

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asked the Minister of National Insurance whether she is aware that, in consequence of the provisions of Section 13 (1, a) and (1, b) of the National Insurance Act, 1946, workers who become unemployed as the result of a strike in which they themselves are not participating are refused unemployment benefit; and whether, in view of the hardship caused in such cases, she will promote amending legislation.

The workers in question are disqualified from receiving unemployment benefit only if they belong to the same grade or class as the workers participating in or financing or directly interested in the dispute and are employed at the same premises. The present provisions have been in operation for many years and my right hon. Friend is not aware of any general desire for amending legislation on this point.