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Road Haulage Wages (Overtime)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 19 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour what representations he has received from road haulage firms regarding the provision in the Road Haulage Wages Order which excludes overtime from being counted towards the guaranteed week of 44 hours; whether he is aware that considerable hardship is caused to employers in Dorsetshire, since their employees frequently do not work a total of 44 hours and are often idle on Saturday mornings, and yet have to be paid overtime because they have worked for more than eight hours on one or two days in the week; and if he will consider revising this provision.

I have no record of having received any such representations. Since December, 1940, successive road haulage wages orders have excluded overtime from the calculation of guaranteed weekly remuneration. Under the Wages Councils Acts, 1945 to 1948, I have no power to amend a wages regulation order except on receipt of proposals duly submitted by the wages council concerned after it has published its proposals and has considered any representations made to it with respect thereto.