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Government Messengers (Wages)

Volume 477: debated on Tuesday 4 July 1950

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what weekly wages are paid to the messengers employed in Government Departments; and what extra payment was made following the extension of their working hours from 44 to 45½ a week.

The weekly wage of non-industrial messengers employed in Government Departments is 100s. a week on entry, rising to 103s. after one year's service.No extra payment is paid to messengers working 45½ hours a week; messengers are not entitled to overtime payment unless they work 48 hours a week gross, and any messengers who work less than 48 hours a week gross are, in fact, enjoying better terms than their conditions of service provide.