It is not my desire to prolong this discussion unduly. Perhaps I have said enough along this line to indicate my views.
I was going to relate my remarks to the suggestion that was made this afternoon by the hon. member for Vancouver South concerning the hiring of casual employees at what may be lesser wages than would normally be paid. This would affect the cost of operation of the post office. I should like to say that efficient administration and general economy in the post office should cause the Postmaster General to look very carefully at this idea of introducing casual employees.
The minister tried to suggest that where the 40-hour week came into effect in industry everything was shut down on Saturday, so there was no parallel there. I would suggest to the minister that he might look at a good many industries which do not do that, where they have had experience in integrating around the clock operations into the five-day 40-hour week. I suggest that industries such as mining, where the concentrator plants work around the clock, and pulp and paper plants which operate around the clock, are industries into which they do not bring casual employees for the week
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end. There are also the power plants across the country where the same condition applies.
I would agree that in certain limited areas, such as university towns or something of that sort, there might be merit in the suggestion of the hon. member for Vancouver South that bona fide university students be considered for casual work. I would suggest to the minister, however, that the areas where such an arrangement could be efficiently introduced are very few. I believe he should give consideration, just as most industries do when they introduce the shorter work week, to creating an integrated operation with fully qualified employees.
Topic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic: POST OFFICE ACT