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Tuesday, 22 March 1904

Mr WATSON (BLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - , for Mr. Hughes - asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice -

1.   Is it the intention of the Postal Department, in the regrading of officers shortly to take place, to specially consider the claims of the lettersorters at the Sydney General Post Office in certain important respects?

2.   Is the Postmaster-General aware that in the Sydney office it has been the practice to draft into the sorting-room clerks who, it is said, have been found incompetent to discharge their duties in other branches of the postal service, and that these clerks have been given an apparently unfair preference, whenever vacancies occur, by promotion over the heads of letter-sorters who have been in the Department for periods extending from fifteen to twenty-five years?

3.   Is it a fact that these letter-sorters, apart from the clerks already referred to, have received no additions to their salaries since 1895?

4.   Is it a fact that since the overtime was discontinued sorters- have been compelled to work from eight to nine hours a day and ten hours on English mail day, while the clerks do not work more than seven hours each day ?

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