75. Mr. EDMUND HARVEY
asked whether the casual workers employed in Leeds during the Christmas pressure have been paid at a lower rate per hour than in previous years, in that no overtime rate has been paid in respect of work of over eight hours per day; and what is the reason of the change of conditions of employment?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The casual men employed at Leeds and elsewhere throughout the country on postal work during the past Christmas season were paid for all week-day duty at uniform rates, irrespective of the number of hours worked each day. It is the case that this plan, which was introduced for the purpose of simplifying the complicated procedure previously in force, involved reduction of pay at Leeds, where special overtime rates had been allowed in other years. Taking the country as a whole the revised rates have allowed increased remuneration.