June 25, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

James Murdock (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MURDOCK:

Under the government's fair wage policy the government will insist that on government works and undertakings the wages and hours shall be equal to the current fair and reasonable wages or hours within the district where, the work is being done. In carrying out that policy we sometimes have an eight hour day for certain classes of workmen. On the Welland ship canal, for example, we have an eight hour day for carpenters, because in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, Port Colborne, and I think one or two other places in that vicinity, the carpenters have an eight hour day in agreement with the employers. Therefore, the current hours are positively fixed by agreement between the workmen concerned and the employers. In many other cases, though, the eight hour day is not fixed* there is no agreement as to hours, and we find in some cases a nine or a ten hour day. But the principle that is generally applied is the hours and wages current in the district in which the work is being done.

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