HC Deb 21 February 1911 vol 21 cc1726-7

asked whether the female telegraphists who were employed at Dundee during the last year as casual assistants, receiving no wages until qualified and then 12s. per week, were discharged at the end of the summer season; whether they were recruited for a few days at Christmas through the Labour Exchange; and whether these exchanges were to be made the medium of recruiting casual labour for a State department which had created it?


The two girls in question, after learning telegraphy at the. Dundee Post Office, were employed as season assistants at that office at 12s. a week from 16th May last, when they were still under sixteen years of age, to 22nd October, when the need for their services ceased. They were not recruited for the Christmas work through the Labour Exchange, and there is no intention of using the exchanges for recruiting season assistants for telegraph offices.