HC Deb 12 August 1890 vol 348 cc704-5
MR. P. O'BRIEN (Monaghan, N.)

I beg to ask the Postmaster General, in view of the fact that yard overseers to the sorting office, General Post Office, London, are paid wages ranging from £2 12s. to £3 2s. per week, while officers engaged in exactly similar work in the General Post Office, Dublin, are paid from £1 3s. to £1 5s., one only receiving £2 10s. per week; whether he can explain this important difference in the rate of wages; and if he will place the officers in the Dublin Office on an equality with those in London?


Between the duties of the yardmen in Dublin and those of the overseers of the yard in London there is a wide difference. In London the overseers supervise and control the whole of the work of the yard, which work, I need hardly inform the hon. Member, is on an extensive scale. In Dublin, the yardmen load and unload the mails, work which in London is done by porters. The difference of pay as between the two classes is amply justified.