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Northern District Office, Islington (Working Conditions)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 12 May 1943

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asked the Postmaster-General whether he is satisfied that the conditions of service at the Northern District Office, Islington, are such as to take fully into account the lower physique and higher age of those engaged there; and whether he will look into these conditions, as women sorters perform more work than pre-war male sorters and non-able-bodied men carry out duties beyond reasonable limits?

I am satisfied that the staffing arrangements generally at the Northern District Office have been framed with due regard to the age and physique of the present-day staff and that the duties of the women sorters and non-able-bodied men should be well within their capacity. The working arrangements are under constant review, and they are adjusted as necessary in consultation with the accredited representatives of the staff. My right hon. and gallant Friend is looking further into the specific points to which my hon. Friend has drawn his attention by letter and will write to him when his inquiries are completed.