Report on Labour Conditions in the Tram & Bus Services||
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' reserve duty man '. After a period of about 12 to 14 consecutive months' service, he is promoted as ' permanent duty man', but there is no distinction between these categories of workers regarding leave and other privileges, including the supply of cheap foodstuffs. The ' permanent service men ', in addition to these privileges, have a certain security of service, subject to 7 days' notice or pt.y in lieu thereof at the lime of dismissal.
Table XLI1 gives the r umber and percentage of ' permanent' and ' temporary ' hands under ttie three departments of the Company.
table XLII Showing permanent and temporary workers.
Apprentice drivers and conductors are given an allowance of 4 annas and supervisory posts. In the Traffic Section, the drivers and conductors have to undergo a period of training before they are employed -is ' reserve duty men '. The training period for drivers is about 3 mouths. In the i;as^ of conductors it is about 15 to 20 days which vary according to the intelligence and aptitude of the individuals. The training period for conductors was previously 4 to 6 weeks. At present, it has been reduced because ' exchange '.. ' nil-sections ' and other types of tickets are no longer issued and this has simplified the conductors' job aiui their training period has been consequently curtailed. There is a training school wh'ch imparts both theoretical and practical training necessary t'ur drivers and conductors.
Apprentice drivers and conductors are given an allowance of 4 annas per day. This i.llowance is «»iven in the nature of an advance and is deducted fron the salary in easy instalments of Rs. 2|- per month after the trainee is appointed. The Company loses this amount if ho is declared unsuitable, In the Engineering Section, three categories of apprentices—A class, B class and C class--are taken in.
' A ' Class Apprentices —' A ' Class apprentices are Engineering Students from different institutions with 1, 2 or 3 years' study to their credit. AD ' A ' Class apprentices are placed on the wage sheets and have to record their time of arrival and departure at the works. In the ev«mt of absence, ji proportionate amount is deducted from the pay of the trainee unless, in the opinion of works engineer, there is a sufficiently good reason for it. These stttdei/ apprentices are taken in on a flat rate of Rs. 22|- per month on the following conditions :—
(1) An apprentice is subject to the training and discipline of engineers and other officers under whom he may be placed from time to time.f2) The work to which he might be posted from time to time depenrlf entirely at -the discretion of the Company (Students are expected to do any_ type of work which is essential to the upkeep and maintenance of an engineering works or training system).