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The Post Office And Electric Lighting

Volume 32: debated on Monday 8 April 1895

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I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether the Post Office has been employing men permanently or temporarily in the Electric Lighting Department at rates of pay considerably lower than those recognised by the Electrical Trades Union for wiring and jointing; and, if so, whether, as the trade union rates are adopted by the majority of electric lighting firms, and in accordance with the Resolution of the House of Commons that Government Departments should pay the rates of wages current in the trade, he will take steps to raise the wages to the recognised standard?

The subject of the hon. Member's question was brought before me last year by a Deputation from the London Trades Council, which included representatives of the Electrical Trades Union; but after full inquiry I was unable to find any ground for complaint. The circumstances have not, I think, changed in any way; but if the hon. Member is in a position to bring any specific case to my notice I shall be glad to inquire into it.