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Unofficial Strikes

Volume 649: debated on Thursday 16 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Labour when he last had discussions with the Trades Union Congress about unofficial strikes; and what was the result of the meeting.

The British Employers' Confederation and Trades Union Congress, have had direct discussions about unofficial strikes during the last twelve months. I have myself been in regular touch both with the Trades Union Congress, the British Employers' Confederation and other bodies, on the whole question of improving industrial relations; in this way alone can a satisfactory answer be found to the problem of unofficial strikes.

asked the Minister of Labour what discussions he has had with the Federation of British Industries on the problem and effect of unofficial strikes on exports; and when they were held.

I have had no such discussions with the Federation of British Industries, but I am fully conscious of the effects which unofficial strikes may have on exports. This is one of the considerations I have had in mind in my discussions on industrial relations with the British Employers' Federation (which is the organisation concerned) and other bodies.