HC Deb 20 March 1917 vol 91 c1744W

asked the hon. Member for Worcestershire (Bewdley Division) whether the Board of Public Works in Ireland has received a petition from its employés in Kingstown, county Dublin, stating that their wages vary from 21s. 3d. to 16s. 9d. plus a war bonus of 4s. per week, and asking for an increase of the ordinary weekly wage on the ground of the increased cost of living; whether this petition has been refused mainly on the ground that the war bonus referred to was granted last July; and whether, in view of the increase in the cost of the necessaries of life and the proposal of the Government itself of a minimum wage for agricultural labourers of 25s. per week, the Board will reconsider its decision?


I understand that the facts are substantially as stated in the early part of the question. The wages prevailing in the locality do not justify any further increase to these men.