WAR RISK PAYMENT
SEAMEN ON N.Z. COAST
EXPLANATION BY MINISTER
WELLINGTON, this day. In a written reply to Mr. C. M. Bowden (Wellington), who had asked if the special payment of £12 a month to seamen on the New Zealand coast was consistent with the refusal to give extra pay to New Zealanders with the British Pacific Fleet, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, stated in the House of Representatives yesterday that conditions of pay in the Merchant Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy were not comparable.
Different allowances v and concessions were available to personnel of the Royal New Zealand Navy which were not received by men in the Merchant Navy, said Mr. Nash. The pay of New Zealanders in the Navy was comparable with pay in the Royal Navy, notwithstanding the granting of war service increment and Japanese campaign pay to Royal Navy personnel.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, in reply to another question, said that the war risk bonus of £12 a month payable to seamen in New Zealand registered ships applied not only to the New Zealand coast, but also to the Pacific area, and while the risk of attack by the enemy had been appreciably reduced it was by no means eliminated. Therefore the subsidy from the War Expenses Account was not being discontinued, but appropriate steps would be taken when circumstances justified ! such action. I
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WAR RISK PAYMENT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945
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