§ 5. Sir Herbert Williams
asked the Minister of Labour, if he has any statement to make in respect to the Christmas Day Strike on the railways of the L.P.T.B.
§ 11. Sir Waldron Smithers
asked the Minister of Labour what disciplinary action he proposes to take under his special wartime powers against those members of the staff of the L.P.T.B. who failed to report for duty on Christmas Day.
§ Mr. Bevin
In this case the men absented themselves from work on Christmas Day on the ground that they were not allowed a compensatory day's leave in lieu. The stoppage, which all of us deplore, occurred despite the efforts of the union to secure normal working in accordance with existing agreements. Discussions are, I understand, at present proceeding between the L.P.T.B. and the unions concerned and it is desirable not to take any action that might prejudice the outcome of the discussions which are likely to have permanent value.
§ Sir W. Smithers
Is it not possible to bring home to these men the great inconvenience and discomfort they caused to thousands of people, especially, speaking from my own experience, to women with little children?
Has any endeavour been made by the trade unions to stop these unofficial strikes?