Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):
Mr. Speaker, in reply ^to my hon. friend may I say the strike was called only yesterday. I understand the report of the board of conciliation reached the workers yesterday morning. I have had no word from the company as to its attitude toward the report of the board, but I do think at this time the history of events might be placed on the record, so that everyone may understand what we have done to prevent this stoppage of work in the city of Windsor.
In the early years of the war the Ford Motor Company operated without any signed contract between its employees and the company. Commencing in the fall of 1941 demands developed for an agreement between the company and its employees.
In November, 1941, the Department of Labour arranged a vote of the employees under an agreement with the company that it would make a contract with its employees if the majority of them indicated by the vote that it was their desire that the company do so.
As a result of these negotiations an agreement was completed between the company and its employees of January 15, 1942. Disputes have arisen since the time of the agreement and the department has succeeded in bringing about agreement with comparatively little actual stoppage of work.
Negotiations have been going on for the past eighteen months looking to a new agreement. With the permission of the house I would ask that the document I hold in my hand be placed on Hansard, and taken as read. It is lengthy, and sets out the details of the negotiations which have taken place.
Subtopic: STRIKE OP EMPLOYEES AT WINDSOR PLANT OP THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY