HC Deb 24 June 1889 vol 337 cc543-4
MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he will consider the desirability of giving extra pay to the provincial telegraph (male) clerks engaged on Sunday labour so as to put them on a level with the clerks employed on Sunday duty at the Central Telegraph Office, the Metropolis Engineering Department, military telegraphists, and female telegraphists?


In reply to the hon. Member, I have to state, as has, indeed, Already been stated several times in this House, that the present scales of gay of male telegraphists at provincial Offices were fixed so as to include remuneration for 50 hours' work a week—namely, 48 on week days and two on Sundays, and I do not propose to pay them extra for the work done on Sundays. The scales of pay of telegraphists in London, and of female telegraphists in the provinces, do not include remuneration for Sunday, work. I may add that applications have been received by three successive Postmasters General for further pay on Sundays, and refused by each.