asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is aware that 5,000 employees of the GEC Telecommunications Installation Department have been laid off by the firm for several weeks on account of a dispute involving members of its staff; and if he will arrange for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service to seek a solution to the dispute.
I understand that as a result of a work to rule in support of a pay claim by 1,200 supervisors the company locked out the supervisors from 7th April and subsequently laid off 3,600 manual workers. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service has been in contact with both sides, has arranged several meetings and is doing all it can to help resolve the dispute.
cessful during the equivalent period prior to that date.
Separate information is not available for the period since the unfair dismissal provision of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act came into force on 16th September 1974. The table below provides information about the outcomes of unfair dismissal complaints heard by tribunals in the last quarter of 1974 and in the previous quarter.