Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Alberni):
desire to present to the house a petition signed by employees of the telegraph service of Can-
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ada praying that they be permitted to come under the provisions of the Superannuation Act and would ask that it be read.
The Clerk Assistant read the petition as
To the Honourable the House of Commons of Canada, in parliament assembled:
1. The petition of the undersigned employees of the telegraph service of Canada humbly sheweth,
That we are employed in the telegraph department of the government service as telegraph agent operators, telegraph messengers, linemen, foremen, operator-linemen, agent-linemen, etc.
2. That it has been ruled that we are not eligible for superannuation as we are said to be paid at "prevailing rates."
3. That this is only a technical distinction as our salaries do not fluctuate, but remain constant for many years at a time. In this connection we may mention that those who are classified as "telegraph operators" are entitled to superannuation. This will apply to subordinate operators in a town, while in small towns and in country places where the telegraph operator has the responsibility of action as agent, he is then classified as "telegraph agent operator" and is not eligible.
4. That parliament has decided that it is in the interest of the public that permanent experienced officials should be encouraged to stay in the service by the prospect of superannuation in their old age and that the same argument applies with equal force to our case.
Wherefore your petitioners humbly pray that your honourable house may be pleased to pass legislation enabling them to contribute to the superannuation fund and derive its benefit; and as in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray, etc.
Subtopic: APPLICATION OP SUPERANNUATION ACT TO GOVERNMENT TELEGRAPH SERVICE