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Post Office (Temporary Sorters)

Volume 154: debated on Wednesday 31 May 1922

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asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that temporary sorters employed at the General Post Office have been discharged after seven and a half years' service; whether these men have or are asking for a gratuity on compassionate grounds or under Service Rule 167; whether, seeing that these men rendered efficient services during the War, with financial gain to the State, less sickness allowances, increments, and privileges as granted to the regular staff; and, in view of the present state of the labour market and their pressing economic needs, will he consider the re-engagement of these men to eliminate the present excessive overtime now being performed by the regular staff, or give immediate consideration to the granting of a compassionate allowance to those temporary servants?

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 29th May to a similar question by the hon. Member for Plaistow (Mr. Will Thorne).