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Her Majesty's Stationery Office

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many separate strikes, works to rule, and so on have occurred in the several branches of HMSO during the past year: what has been the duration of every such dispute; and what has been the extra cost incurred by the Department as a result of the industrial action taken.

Excluding the current strike in the publications warehouse which started on 4th September and is continuing, there have been 15 separate industrial disputes in seven HMSO establishments in the first 10 months of 1978. Duration has varied from one hour to four weeks; the longest complete stoppage lasted three days. The net value of production lost was some £165,000.