C.I.E.M.E., Chislehurst (Piecework)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1947.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 24th November 1947

asked the Minister of Supply if he is aware that a piecework system for about 12 mechanics has been introduced into his Department's establishment, C.I.E.M.E., Fox-berry, Perry Street, Chislehurst; that to operate this system a ratefixer has been appointed at £9 10s. a week plus overtime, with a clerical staff of five; what is the total weekly wages bill for this extra staff plus the cost of stationery and office; why it is proposed to appoint an assistant ratefixer; and, in view of the economic crisis, how he justifies these added overhead charges.