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Chemist Contractors

Volume 979: debated on Thursday 28 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what facilities exist for mediation if chemist contractors decide to take industrial action against his Department in furtherance of their pay negotiations; and if he will make a statement.

No specific provisions for mediation exist at present. I am, however, still considering sympathetically the proposal that a review body should be established to resolve disputes between the Department and retail pharmacists about their remuneration.