"Cut Prices" After Denationalization
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LOSS of employment and "cut prices" would follow denationalization, said Mr. John McQuade, president of the Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association, at their annual conference at Ayr last week. He stated that it was untrue that the road haulage industry had been built by the ingenuity and enterprise of private operators. " We know that the industry was built up largely out of the sweat and blood of the workers," he declared.
The conference rejected a report by the executive council about denationalization. Mr. J. Craig said that an explanation of the industry's future was required. The Government had talked about what they were going to do with the vehicles, but not with the men. Mr. W. Joyce suggested a strike during the Coronation period to gain public sympathy.
The council reported that whilst almost every member of the Association had received increased wages during 1952, they were not satisfied with them. The chief rise was that determined by the Road Haulage Wages Council, which was considered unsatisfactory.