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Malta Dockyard

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 10 May 1961

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asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what steps he is taking to remove the dissatisfaction felt by more than 100 senior established employees with upwards of 35 years' service who were lent by his Department to Messrs. Bailey (Malta) Ltd. for a period of two years and who are about to be discharged on abolition of office terms.

A warning was given when the loan scheme was first introduced that there would be some redundancy at the end of the two-year period. There were about 240 established industrial employees, but only about 90 of these have not yet been found alternative employment.We are, however, actively engaged, with the War Office and Air Ministry, in creating further vacancies by retiring

skippers, mates and engineers now in progress at Grimsby.

I have considered whether I can take any steps to have the industrial aspects of this matter settled by the industry's negotiating machinery and my officers are in touch with the parties with this purpose in mind.