HC Deb 04 July 1898 vol 60 cc923-4

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, can he state what is the remuneration of a rural postman in Ireland; is he aware that the rural letter-carrier under Cavan head office receives only 14s. per week and 3s. for Sunday work, whilst another man Under same office receives £1 per week and 6s. for Sunday work, though there is only a difference of one and a half miles in their journeys; and that the poorer paid man has been for seven years overworked until he drew the surveyor's attention to the matter, when an extra half-hour to do his journey in was allowed him; and whether he will consider whether this man is entitled to the minimum wage, 16s., seeing that he received no increase by the Tweedmouth Commission rules, although all the other carriers in the Cavan district have?


For a fully-employed postman the minimum wages in Ireland are 15s. a week, exclusive of pay for Sunday duty. The rural postman at Cavan has a very light duty, his walk being 12 miles a day, occupying about four hours only. It is true that he was recently allowed an extension of half an hour for his outward journey, on its being represented that the time prescribed was insufficient. The question of adding to his work, so as to qualify him for a scale of pay similar to that of the other postman mentioned, who has more work, and has had much longer service, is already under consideration.