HC Deb 06 April 1905 vol 144 cc630-1
MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)

To ask the Postmaster-General what steps he intends to take with a view to removing the three years bar at present imposed on the London posta1 porters; whether he intends to bring their starting pay to the same level as that of a postman entering the postal service at the age of twenty-five years or over, seeing that the porters are employed, with a few exceptions, only in town district offices where the minimum wage for postmen is 20s.; and whether he intends to allow established labourers in London to rise to the same maximum as the unestablished porters, viz., 30s. weekly.

(Answered by Lord Stanley.) I will consider any representations the classes to whom the hon. Member refers may † See (4) Debates, cxliii 1358. desire to make to me respecting their pay, but I may at once say that I am of opinion that 24s. a week is adequate remuneration for the work performed by the labourers.