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Retail Bespoke Tailoring Trade (Wages)

Volume 159: debated on Friday 15 December 1922

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the many instances in which employers have been evading payment of the legal rates of wages prescribed by the order of the Retail Bespoke Tailoring Trade Board; whether any action has been taken by his Department to secure compliance with the order; and whether, in view of these evasions, he will carefully consider the situation before sanctioning any reduction in the present rates?

The Retail Bespoke Tailoring Trade possesses, apart from the Trade Board, an elaborate system of piece rates, varying from district to district, and inspection is, therefore, more difficult in this than in many other trades. Subject to this difficulty, the Department, with a view to ensuring compliance with the Acts, have inspected as widely as their staff permits. With regard to the last part of the question, I will take this point into account, along with all other

Occupation.Number of persons applied for.Number of persons for whom permits were granted.Number of persons for whom permits were refused.
Domestic Servants (Male and Female)1,4641,028436
Teachers, etc.15212032
Variety Artistes, Musicians, etc.75971544
Clerks and Foreign Correspondents29921485
Tailors, etc.592138
Waiters, Chefs, Cooks, etc.22267155
Shop Assistants24616230
Skilled Workmen (various)18915732