HC Deb 30 July 1894 vol 27 cc1266-7
MR. FISHER (Fulham)

On behalf of the hon. Member for Deptford, I beg to ask the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether the coopers employed under the Admiralty, particularly those in the Royal Victoria Yard at Deptford, have, as the result of a Memorial requesting an increase of wages, been paid since 26th March last until Friday 20th July at the rate of 5s. a day for day-work instead of 4s. 4d., the rate previous to their Memorial; and whether orders have lately been issued that these men's pay be at once reduced to the former rate of 4s. 4d.; if so, for what reason has any change been made?


The large majority of the coopers, although only receiving 4s. 4d. a day substantive pay, are in receipt of pay for piece-work, earning up to 42s. a week, but the rate of pay on which their pensions had been calculated was 4s. 4d. a day, or 26s. a week. The Treasury have lately consented to this rate being raised for pension purposes to 30s. a week in the case of men earning an average of that amount. A misunderstanding arose in communicating this decision to the Yard who have actually paid the men 5s. a day for those days on which they were not working piece-work. It has been necessary to correct this mistake.