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Wednesday, 5 November 1913

Senator MILLEN - I have received a memorandum from the office on the point raised by the honorable senator. It reads as follows: -

With reference to a question by Senator McDougall on 2nd October, 1913, regarding alteration of conditions of men working at Garden Island, Sydney, approval was given for all temporary employés in Garden Island establishment at Sydney on 30th June being taken over on 1st July at their existing rates of pay, provided that such were not less than union rates, and that, in the case of labourers, they were paid the Commonwealth rate of9s. per day.

Prior to1st July, " dirt money " to boilermakers (engaged on dirty work) was apparently paid at the rate of 4s. per week, whereas it is now paid in accordance with the Award, i.e., only for the time actually employed on work for which " dirt money " is paid.

The amount earned for " dirt money " thus varies, and it is found that while some workmen may lose slightly, others gain ; but this follows from the Award.

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