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Fairfield Shipbuilding And Engineering Company

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1965

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asked the Minister of Labour what communications he has received from the 27 rival trades unions whose out-of-date and restrictive practices caused the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company to lose £800,000 on one ship, and finally to go into liquidation; and if he will make a statement.

I have received no communications about the liquidation of the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company from unions with members in the company's employment. I understand that the company's present difficulties are due to a number of factors.Some progress is being made in securing more efficient use of labour in shipbuilding, but more needs to be done. I shall lose no opportunity of encouraging further action by managements and unions.