§ Mr. NANNETTI
asked the Postmaster-General if he is now in a position to announce his decision in regard to the trade rates of pay put forward on behalf of the electric lighting staff employed in 2007 the Post Office service in Dublin; whether all classes of this staff, from the foremen downwards, have had their cases considered; and, if any concessions in regard to pay and conditions of service are granted, will the same be made retrospective and date from 1st January, 1908, as was granted to other classes of Post Office servants?
§ Mr. BUXTON
The Select Committee on Post Office Servants recommended (paragraph 598 of Report) that as regards the electric light staff, the Post Office should pay the wages and observe the conditions of service which are from time to time agreed upon in the various districts by the organised masters and men. Inquiries on the subject are proceeding, but it is not easy to arrive at the recognised rates, but I hope the matter will soon be settled. As regards Dublin, I should perhaps explain that the members of the electric light staff elected to retain the old rates of pay and conditions of service.