HC Deb 21 March 1917 vol 91 cc1905-6
66. Mr. BYRNE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the discontent among the employés in the salvage department (Army Ordnance De- partment) in Dublin caused by the conditions of employment in that Department; if he is aware that girls, aged from sixteen to nineteen years are being employed at 5s. per week to do men's work, and that women with wages from 10s. to 16s. per week are being asked to do work that is being paid for at the rate of 6s. per day in England; and if he will have inquiries made and the cause for complaint removed?

71. Mr. CROOKS

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he is aware that women are being employed in the salvage department of the Army Ordnance Department, Dublin, on work usually done by men and are being paid only from 10s. to 14s. per week; that girls of sixteen and seventeen years of age are being taken on at 5s. per week; and that, at the same time that women were being introduced, three men were given a week's notice and only at the last moment transferred to Island Bridge; and whether he will see that the women are paid the proper rates of wages and that no men are discharged to find places for women?


Inquiries are being made, and the result will be communicated in due course.


Could the hon. Gentleman give some guarantee that the parties who make these complaints will not be dismissed as the result of doing so, as has been done at Dublin Is it not very unfair that parties should be dismissed?


The hon. Member has been informed that inquiries are being made.