§ 53. Sir C. Osborne
asked the Minister of Labour what action he took to end the "Who does What" strike at Jaguar Cars, Coventry, which lasted a month, made 1,800 workers idle, and cost £1 million per week in lost production because two polishers objected that certain polishing was not their work and went on unofficial strike; what steps he is taking to stop this type of industrial action; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gunter
My officers had discussions with the company and the union as a result of which the union recommended their members to resume work. The men returned to work on 5th July and on the same day a joint meeting was held under the chairmanship of my regional industrial relations officer. At this meeting agreement was reached to refer the question in dispute for discussion in accordance with the agreed procedure of the industry. Unofficial strikes of this kind are to be deplored. They can only be prevented through joint action by the trade unions and managements concerned. If they consider that I can help in any way I am ready to do so.