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Dockyard Workers (Earnings)

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1954

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67.

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how the earnings of dockyard workers employed at Portsmouth compare with their counterparts in civilian industry, taking into account any existing pension schemes.

The basic rates of pay of all Admiralty industrial employees are regulated in accordance with the principles of the fair wages resolution. When account is taken of the cash value of conditions of service, such as superannuation benefits, and of the disparity in overtime working, the average earnings at Portsmouth dockyard are not widely divergent from the published average earnings of the engineering, shipbuilding and electrical goods industries.

68.

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is satisfied that adequate opportunity is offered to workers in Her Majesty's dockyards to work overtime should there be work necessitating early completion.

Yes. Overtime may be worked at the discretion of the management if the urgency of the work requires it, or if there is a temporary unbalance in the labour force.