Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Stores Branch: Employees' Wages.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will state the weekly wage paid to packers and porters, patrolmen and labourers in the stores branch of his Department, and when it is proposed to grant increased wages to these grades to meet the increased cost of living.

The reply to the first part of the question is in the form of a tabular statement and I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

A claim for increased salaries and wages to meet the increased cost of living has been lodged with the general council under the Civil Service scheme of conciliation and arbitration. The claim is on behalf of all grades comprehended in the scheme including packers and porters and watchmen (or patrolmen). The labourers in the stores branch are outside the scope of the scheme, but their wages will be reviewed in the light of any cost-of-living increases given to the Civil Service generally.

Following is the statement:—

DEPARTMENT OF POSTS AND TELEGRAPHS.

Weekly Wages (inclusive).

PACKERS AND PORTERS:

£

s.

d.

On entry:—

5

15

9

(normally at 21 years of age)

6

0

7

by annual increments

6

5

5

to—

6

10

4 maximum

WATCHMEN:

or (patrolmen)

5

11

1

NOTE.—Certain officers who entered prior to 1951 are on a higher personal pay.

£

s.

d.

LABOURERS

6

3

5