Your Sub-Committee report that in pursuance of the policy approved by your Committee
for the staff to undertake munition work in lieu of overtime, arrangements have now been entered into with Messrs Baxters Ltd for
testing rivets at the Bank Head Office.
It was originally understood that the Ministry of Supply had fixed the rate
of remuneration at 1/- per hour, but as a result of negotiations with the Local Trades Unions the rates have been agreed as follows:
Women 1/5d per hour
Men 1/9d per
Thursdays 2 to 6
Women 1/5d per hour
1/9d per hour
Sundays 9 to 1 & 2 to 6
Women 1/11d per hour
Men 2/3d per hour
203 Members of the staff are already operating the scheme, but there are
a number of married women and others, whose circumstances should be considered with a view to granting exemption from the requirements
to work extra hours. Your Sub-Committee have, therefore, appointed the Chairman of the General Committee, the Chairman of this Sub-Committee,
with Councillors James and Mrs Hyde and the General Manager to consider applications for exemption with power to grant same if thought
In order to work the scheme, some adjustments have had to be made in the matter of accommodation, black-out arrangements,
etc, involving an expenditure of £41 - 15 - 0d toward which Messrs Baxters have agreed to pay £5, in respect of table partitions,
The firm have also installed at their expense, special daylight lighting. Your Sub-Committee have approved the expenditure.
January 16th 1943: Additional Hours of Labour by the Staff
The scheme for making up hours of labour by inspection of small munition
parts has worked satisfactorily in four shifts, viz, Wednesdays from 5pm to 9pm; Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm; Sundays from 9am to 1pm;
and Sundays from 2pm to 6pm.
Applications for exemption from working extra hours have been considered by a Committee consisting of
the Chairman, Councillor Griffith, Councillor James and Councillor Mrs Hyde. The result is that 32 persons have been granted exemption.
The rest of the staff, totalling 202, are regularly engaged on this special work.
 April 16th 1943: Additional Hours of Labour
by the Staff
Under the scheme approved by the Committee for such extra hours to be spent on examination of small munition parts,
it was agreed in September last that the “make up” hours should be four per week. Since that time the normal work of the Bank has
increased, and from an analysis of the time sheets, it is found that the Staff have worked an average of one hour more per week than
was the case in September 1942. This being so, it is now proposed to adjust the “make up” hours to three per week.
14th 1943: Make-up Hours of Staff
The amount received by the Bank staff for inspection of small munition parts (work undertaken
as make-up hours) compares unfavourably with the rates fixed for make-up hours of other Corporation staffs. Under the Corporation
scheme, the payment for three make-up hours is 4/6d on a basic salary of £3 per week, rising to 15/-d on a salary of £10 per week.
The Bank staff received 4/3d women and 5/3d men, such rates being fixed between the Munitions Firm and the appropriate Trade Union.
Chairman, together with Alderman Barrow and Councillors Cooper and Griffith, came to the conclusion that a case existed for some contribution
by the Bank over and above the amounts received direct from the Munitions Firm, and that the position might be met by an allowance
payable to those who work the make-up hours on this particular type of work, and to meet travelling expenses and cost of teas. Accordingly,
they arrived at a figure of 4/-d for women and 5/-d for man over 21 years of age, with half rates for those under 21 years of age;
the payment to date from the beginning of the present financial year, viz: 1st April 1943. The Salaries, Wages and Labour Committee
have been acquainted of this matter, and their approval asked for.
 January 13th 1944: Examination of Rivets
arranged as part of the “make up” hours of staff came to an end on the 30th November, following upon the ruling that the staff could
not be required to do such work. During the period the scheme was in operation, viz, 14 months, 205 tons of rivets were examined,
equivalent to 6 million gross of rivets. 67 members of staff have decided to continue this important war work on their own initiative,
and are attending once a week for that purpose.
 April 17th 1944: Examination of Munition Parts
The Man Power Board have
been acquainted of the official termination of the arrangement for members of the staff to work extra hours in examination of small
munition parts, but a number of them are still doing such work in a voluntary capacity. The Board have asked whether an invitation
could be extended to outside people to take up such work on our premises. Some time ago a similar request was turned down, as it was
felt undesirable to have strangers about the premises at nights, and it is suggested that that view be re-affirmed.
1944: Examination of Rivets, etc
This work, which has been undertaken by the staff in conjunction with Baxters (Bolts, Screws
& Rivets) Ltd, is no longer necessary, and is being terminated. A letter of appreciation from the firm has been received, and
will be submitted at the meeting.
 Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: July 20th 1942
Finance & General Purposes Sub-Committee: October 19th 1942
 General Manager’s Report: January 16th 1943
General Manager’s Report: April 16th 1943
 General Manager’s Report: October 14th 1943
 General Manager’s Report:
January 13th 1944
 General Manager’s Report: April 17th 1944
 General Manager’s Report: October 1944