asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a contractor doing work for his Department, in the Havercroft parish of Hemsworth, has paid a night watchman 6s. for working a shift of 15 hours, the recognised wages in this district being 9½d. per hour for this kind of work; and what action he proposes to take to deal with this matter?
I am aware that the wages paid to a night watchman by the contractor referred to are substantially as given by the hon. Member; but the hourly rates quoted are not recognised for night watchmen's work in the civil engineering industry in the district concerned. I have already had inquiry made into the matter, and as there is no evidence that there has been any contravention of the fair wages resolution, no further action appears to be necessary.
Is it not a fact that the work which this night watchman did for the contractor is exactly the same kind of work as was done by the night watchman in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the Hemsworth Urban Council and in the Hemsworth Rural Council, all of which surround the Havercroft parish, and, therefore, will not the Postmaster-General issue instructions that this contractor must not have other fellows black-legging for him?