§ Mr. BARNES
asked the Postmaster-General, if engineers in the electric lighting department are paid overtime rates in accordance with the conditions accepted and generally observed by the employers 52W and employed; and if they are paid for Sundays and Christmas Day in accordance with such conditions, namely, are thus paid one and a-quarter time for the first two hours, one and a-half for time after that excepting the days mentioned, and that for those are they paid at the rate of double time?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The hon. Member presumably refers to the minor grades of the electric light staff,i.e.,shift officers, circuitmen, enginemen, etc. Such men receive overtime pay at rate and a quarter on week days, and rate and a half for duty in excess of the scheduled attendance on Sundays. Scheduled duty on Sunday is not specially remunerated, as the Post Office scale of pay covers 50½ hours' scheduled attendance on any six days out of the seven. A few men in London, originally employed under factory conditions, retain the privilege of payment for overtime at rate and a quarter for the first two hours, and then at rate and a half, with double rate for duty in excess of the scheduled attendance on Sundays. Extra duty performed on Christmas Day is paid for at Sunday extra duty rates.