Reported this day in 1935:
NO QUEEN MARY HOLD-UP.
UNION DISPUTE TO GO TO ARBITRATION.
JOINERS WILL CARRY ON.
The joiners on board the Cunard-White Star liner Queen Mary, do not intend to go on strike because they feel that the dispute in which they have been asked to join is purely a domestic matter.
To-day it is announced that the disagreement regarding membership between the Furniture Trades' Federation and the National Trade Union of Wood-Working Machinists, is to be settled by arbitration.
Mr. William Lawson, the trade union representative of the joiners employed at the Clydebank yard, said in an interview to-day, "Surely a domestic matter such as membership can be settled without interfering with work on the Queen Mary.
"The men have no desire to stop work, and speaking as a trade union representative, I think I can safely say they won't be asked to do so unless some serious point of principle is involved."
The refusal on the part of a number of woodworkers making doors and panelling for the Queen Mary to join the Furniture Trades Federation (a T.U.C. organisation) was the cause of the dispute.
- Nottingham Evening Post