HC Deb 13 May 1924 vol 173 cc1181-2W

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the statement of the President of the Union of Post Office Workers that many of their members are in receipt of wages upon which a decent standard of living is an impossibility; and whether it is proposed to set up an inquiry into this matter?


The question of the pay of ex-service men appointed to the Post Office manipulative grades above the normal age, to whom the statement probably refers, is already under consideration, and I hope to be able to announce a decision shortly.


asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that ex-service men employed as examiners of stamps in the Post Office Stores Department are paid a total wage ranging from £2 10s. 6d. to £2 13s. 10d. per week, including bonus, and that the unskilled labourers from whom they receive the work are paid £3 3s. per week, while the employés of the private contractor engaged on similar supervisory work are receiving £3 12s. per week; and what steps he proposes to take to remove this anomaly?


I am aware of the position, and will consider the pay of these men in connection with the question of starting pay of ex-service men, which is at present under consideration.