I wish to endorse what has been said. The railway mail clerks of the east should also come in for some consideration if the minister contemplates an increase in pay to the mail clerks in the west. The railway mail clerk has very arduous duties, his quarters are very cramped and poorly ventilated, and all the conditions that he has to meet with tend to make his life rather a life of hardship. With all this he has a great deal of responsibility, having complete, and absolute control over all the matter in the mail car, registered mail and all other things of the kind. Besides that he literally takes his life in his hands every time he goes on the train. The railway mail clerks should receive the first consideration, because their duties are very hard, and even the post office clerks, I think, receive a very small salary to start on, $500. $400 twenty years ago was worth more than $500 or $600 today, and as the country progresses the government should increase the remuneration of their employees if they wish to keep up the standard of their service. The mail clerks and the post office employees have responsible duties which they perform generally very well. There are very few complaints against the post office in this country. Small payment means poor service in everything. The increase which has been made from $400 to $500 seems a very small one, and the government would find many sympathizers if they could see their way clear to raise the salaries of these people who are doing the hard work in the department. I am well aware that there are many soft snaps in the department where officials are paid relatively much higher salaries. To the railway mail clerks and post office clerks, who actually do hard work, more than $500 should be paid.
Topic: S927 COMMONS