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Monday, 11 December 1905

Mr JOHNSON (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to know from the Postmaster- General -

1.   Whether it is a fact that sorters in the mail branch of the General Post Office at Sydney are required to be on duty from 6 a.m. till 8.15 p.m. and 9 p.m. ; working at high pressure during the whole period of their working hours?

2.   Is it a fact that some of those engaged as sorters have, owing to the increased pressure of work, been unable to obtain any leave of absence for this year and have no prospect of obtaining leave of absence now that the extra busy season of Christmas and the New Year is at hand?

3.   Is it a fact that sorters in the other States are not called upon to work such long hours as those in the State of New South Wales?

4.   Is he aware that widespread dissatisfaction exists among the New South Wales sorters 'with thelength of their hours of labour ?

5.   Will he have inquiries made as to the truth or otherwise of the allegations of sweating in the sorting branch of the Department, with a view to putting a stop to the practice, if it appears that such a system prevails?

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