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Wages And Costs

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the percentage increases in average earnings per shift and in wages cost per ton of coal between 1939 and the latest date for which figures are available.

Average earnings per shift and wages cost per ton in the second quarter of 1945 show increases of 103 and 136 percent. respectively when compared with the position in the corresponding quarter of 1939. After allowance has been made for payments made to miners for shifts not worked at the time of the VE-holidays, the percentage increases are seen to be 96 and 128 respectively.