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Telephone Exchanges (Caretaker-Operators)

Volume 237: debated on Friday 4 April 1930

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asked the Postmaster-General the number of sub-telephone exchanges in the country, the average hours worked by caretaker-operators, and the remuneration received for such work?

The number of telephone exchanges for which caretaker-operators are responsible is about 1,150. The hours of attendance vary according as the caretaker-operator undertakes the work for the whole or part of the day in addition to the night or for the night period only. The average attendance over hours when the number of calls necessitates any appreciable amount of work by the caretaker-operator is about 64. The average gross weekly remuneration amounts at present to £2 2s. 6d. The question of remuneration is under discussion with the staff association concerned.