25 June 2012

No Hold Up

Reported this day in 1935:



NO QUEEN MARY HOLD-UP.
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UNION DISPUTE TO GO TO ARBITRATION.
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JOINERS WILL CARRY ON.
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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

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