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Civil Servants (Terms Of Service)

Volume 650: debated on Thursday 30 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the dissatisfaction of the Tanganyika Asian Civil Servants' Association and the Tanganyika Overseas Recruited Asian Government Servants' Union with the terms proposed for their members after independence, he will refer the issue to an independent arbitrator to decide.

The members of these staff associations were recruited and employed directly by the Government of Tanganyika and their terms of service are a matter for that Government. My right hon. Friend has exchanged views with the Tanganyika Government about the question of possible special retirement benefits for these officers but he understands that they are unlikely to reach any final decision on this question until shortly after independence. It will no doubt be open to the staff associations to make further representations to the Tanganyika Government before a final decision is reached, but it would not be proper for me to intervene in the manner suggested.