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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 15 Apr 1943

Vol. 89 No. 16

Written Answers. - Wages of County Council Workers.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health whether he has given an indication to county councils of the attitude of the Department towards a policy of raising the wages of road workers and other manual workers employed by county councils; and, if so, whether he will indicate the nature of the communication made in the matter.

On the 19th December last in connection with a public announcement that increases of pay were to be made to lower paid civil servants, Gárda Síochána and national school teachers it was stated that the Minister for Local Government and Public Health would review proposals for increases in remuneration of employees of local authorities. It was also publicly announced at that time that the wages of agricultural workers were to be increased by 3/- a week as from 1st February. It is essential that agriculture should have prior claim on available labour throughout the present season and that agricultural workers should not be attracted to non-agricultural employment by the payment of higher wages. This fact was pointed out to county managers last December.