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Leyland Workers' Claim Fails

31st July 1953, Page 30
31st July 1953
Page 30
Page 30, 31st July 1953 — Leyland Workers' Claim Fails
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ACLAIM by workers at the Dudley repair depot cif Leyland Motors, Ltd.t that the hours worked outside the normal working week should be disregarded in the computation of the 34hour guaranteed week payment has not been established by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.

The workers concerned were claiming for a period in October, 1952, when, because of shortage of work, it was necessary to reduce the normal hours during the five-day week and to work on Saturday morning. In assessing the number of hours worked, the company had included those on Saturday at plain time rates.

Basis of the claim was an agreement made between the Engineering and Allied Employers' National Federation and the National Enineering Joint Trades Movement on April 3, 1946, which provided: " (a) all hourly rated manual workers . . . are guaranteed wages equivalent to their inclusive hourly plain time rate for 34 hours ... "

A representative of the Amalgamated Engineering Union submitted, on behalf of the workers, that the agreement provided for payment of the guaranteed wage in respect of any pay week. and that the normal week of the workers concerned was one of five days ending on Friday. Hours worked after Friday

were not within the normal working week, and it was not the intention of the agreement to penalize workers if they were called upon to work outside the normal working week. Saturday morning, therefore, should be disregarded in computation of payment.

It was submitted on behalf of the company that when the agreement was made the normal working week was 5i, days, and that the subsequent agreement providing for a normal working week of five days made provision for the maintenance of the guaranteed week of 34 hours and the continued application of the qualifying provisions of that agreement. In the light of paragraph 4 of the agreed Points for Guidance" issued with the agreement, the claim could not be sustained.


A' promised last week by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, an Order has been made freeing the first sale by hire purchase of Road Haulage Executive vehicles and other assets from the Hire Purchase and Credit Sale Agreements (Control) Order, 1952.

The Order, Statutory Instrument No. 1116, 1953, can be obtained from KM. Stationery Office, price 2d.

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