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Protected -Occupations. I

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Protected Occupations. AN EXPLANATION OF THE SCHEDULE. a This Schedule was compiled and issued by the War Cabinet on April 21st, 1917, its objeds being to release as many men as possible for the Army that are at present engaged on Admiralty, War Office or Munitions Work, or in Railway Workshops. What is aimed at, therefore, is to leave at their work only the minimum number of men essential to output." This Schedule has been drawn up quite independently of the list of Certified Occupations (which still remains in force for other occupations), and supersedes the previous system of Trade Cards, War Badges, and Certificates. In this new list men are scheduled in large measure according to age and specialisation, but in most of the occupations in the Schedule men can only claim protection if they were engaged in the same occupation on or before August loth. 1915. A Munitions Area Recruiting Office is to be set up in each recruiting district by the Army Council. In addition to the recruiting staff there will be at each office a Munitions Area Di- lution Officer to act for the Ministry of Muni- tions. No man is to be called upon to leave, his work for the Army by the ordinary recruiting officers, but only on the authority of the Muni- tions Area Dilution Officer in the district in which the form's works are situated. Any call- ing-up notice which does not bear the stamp of the Munitions Area Recruiting Office should be immediately returned to the recruiting officer who issued it, with a statement of the facts of the case. Men classed as Admiralty workers will be dealt with by the Admiralty representative of the dis- trict, and those who are War Office workers -by the Director of Army Contracts or an authorised substitute. Every man entitled by occupation, age, and date of entering industry to protection under this Schedule, will receive a "Scheduled Occu- pation Certificate, Army Form 3476 A." Men engaged in war work in occupations not covered by the Schedule, and men engaged in Protected Occupations but disqualified for protection by date of entering the industry or by age, will be granted Certificate W. 3476 B. This will serve as a protection unless and until a calling-up no- tice is sent from the Munitions Area Recruiting Officer. Those given this second type of certi- ficate, therefore, are only temporarily exempted, while those in possession of Certificate 3476 A are protected from recruitment so far as can. be ex- pected these days. No undertaking is given to provide substitutes in every case where a skilled or other type of man is withdrawn, although assistance is "pro- mised" to make good depleted staffs. Only general service men under 32 years of age will be called up, and then not if they are engaged on skilled munition work. But it is provided that this rule shall not apply if it is decided that the Army require the release from such work of ii:ienfn a lower medical c-ategorv." In any case nb protection is given to those "found to have a bad record for absence from work." Also it is important to note that: — If skilled artificers needed by the Army cannot be supplied from other .sources men engaged in any occupation protected under the Schedule may,. by arrangement with the Admiralty, War Office, Ministry of Munitions, or the Board of Trade, be called up for ser- vice in artificer units." Men engaged on work which they themselves consider entitles them to a protection card may apply on form L.E.C. 27 (obtainable at Employ- ment Exchanges), either personally or through their respective Trade Unions, to the Enlistments Complaints Sub-Committee, which has been set up for the purpose of dealing with such com- plaints.

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