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House Of Commons Staff (Trade Union Representation)

Volume 629: debated on Thursday 3 November 1960

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I have a communication to make to the House.

A ballot of the staff of the House was held on 13th July on the question of staff association or trade union representation and the results will be printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Hon. Members will see that seven of the nine groups of staff were either unanimously or by a large majority in favour of the present system of dealing with their pay and conditions of service being continued. In the remaining two groups, the attendants and the HANSARD staff, the latter unanimously and the other by a majority, were in favour of representation by a staff association or trade union on these matters.

If the organisations which have membership amongst the staff in these two groups apply to me for recognition I will consider their applications and, where recognition is conceded, will make arrangements whereby members of the staff in these two groups can have their claims put forward by a representative of the recognised organisation to which they belong when questions affecting their pay and conditions of work arise.

There is one exceptional case. Those shorthand typists who work with HANSARD have asked to be allowed to fall in with any arrangements made for other members of the HANSARD staff and I propose that that should be so.

Result of ballot held in the Grand Committee Room, Westminster Hall, on Wednesday, 13th July

A ballot of the staff of the House was held on the question of staff association or trade union representation.
The alternatives on which votes were recorded were:
  • A. I wish the present system of dealing with questions of pay and conditions of service, etc., to continue.
  • B. I wish to be represented by a staff association or trade union on questions of pay and conditions of service, etc.
  • Numbers of votes recorded

    Group 1. Officers of the House

    A.42
    B.8
    Total50
    Number eligible to vote52

    Group 2. Office Clerk Grades

    A28
    B.6
    Total34
    Number eligible to vote34

    Group 3. Personal Assistants and Shorthand Typists

    A.13
    B.6
    Total19
    Number eligible to vote20

    Group 4. Senior Attendants, Attendants and Junior Attendants

    A.17
    B.21
    Total38
    Number eligible to vote44

    Group 5. Cleaners

    A.28
    B.2
    Total30
    Number eligible to vote31

    Group 6. Hansard Staff

    A.
    B.22
    Total22
    Number eligible to vote22

    Group 7. Office Keepers and Superintendents

    A.10
    B.2
    Total12
    Number eligible to vote12

    Group 8. Doorkeepers

    A.34
    B.
    Total34
    Number eligible to vote34

    Group 9. Miscellaneous Grades

    A.9
    B.
    Total9
    Number eligible to vote16