Mr. CARROLL moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 129, respecting hours of service of railway employees.
He said: The chief provision of this Bill limits the number of hours of service which a railway corporation shall demand of its officials to fourteen a day, and specifies the period that must be allowed the employees for rest betweeen the working hours. Clause 3 of the Bill states the hours of service that cannot be exceeded by order of 1381
any railway company and fully sets forth the hours of duty and off duty that shall be required or permitted. It is careful to make exception in eases of accidental obstruction over which the company, or its agents, has no control. It sets these forth in detail. The main purpose of this clause is to provide a law that can be invoked in case the regulations set forth therein are violated in any way, which law must be interpreted by a judicial tribunal, from whose judgment there is this appeal, thus giving thereto that elasticity which the changes of condition from time to time may demand. The fixing of the hours of service by any body, such as the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada, for example, would mean cast iron rules lacking that elasticity and from which no appeal is obtainable. It is quite obvious that this protection is in the interest not only of the employees affected thereby but also of the rail-way companies and of the general public. The clause which provides for the offence on the part of the railway company and the penalty attached thereto ; it also provides for the prosecution of a suit in civil courts in case of violation. The general intention of the Bill is to protect railway employees, and to protect the companies from accidents and the general public from suffering injury and damage by these accidents which frequently occut.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first