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9 October 1940: Bonus Scheme to Speed Up Shelter Construction

09 Oct

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GOVERNOR PROPOSES BONUS SYSTEM TO INCREASE WORK RATES

Digging to create underground shelters

Digging to create underground shelters

Malta’s Governor and Commander in Chief is seeking ways to improve work rates on works projects such as the construction of underground air raid shelters and new storage facilities for essential supplies. He has written to the war office asking permission to adopt a bonus system in order to meet deadlines for the work.

The scheme is intended as an inducement to workers to speed up normal output. The bonus payment would amount to half the saving in wages which would be achieved by the reduced time on each project, which Lt Gen Dobbie believes is the only inducement acceptable to local workmen.

The bonus system would apply only to directly employed labour employed directly by the Government or military, numbers of which have greatly increased since June 1940. Contractors or labour employed by them would not be eligible. It would be restricted to key certain trades: miners, quarrymen, masons and labour working with them, but not to trades such as plumbers, blacksmiths and electricians.

GERMAN TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT MASSING IN ITALY

An unconfirmed report has been received in Malta that 100 Junkers 52 and Junkers 90 military transport aircraft are distributed between Taranto, Bari and Guidonia (near Rome) and Syracuse.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 9 OCTOBER TO DAWN 10 OCTOBER 1940

Weather  Fine.

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 1940

AIR HQ Arrivals 2 Sunderlands. 1137-1600 hrs On landing Glenn Martin 431 Flight reported seeing four enemy destroyers and one cruiser at 1317 hrs 10 miles west of Taranto Harbour, then two destroyers and one four-funnel ship six miles west of Taranto Harbour. Also in Taranto Harbour five battleships, two cruisers, one submarine and three fleet auxiliaries; in the inner harbour four cruisers and at least ten destroyers plus seven various identified ships; in the innter basin fifteen seaplanes and further in twelve more. In Brindisi there were two A to B class cruisers, six destroyers and one possible battleship undergoing refit, and a number of seaplanes.  

0315-1606 hrs Sunderland 230 Squadron reconnaissance of Ionian Sea including Taranto harbour and gulf for enemy surface forces; nil report. 0355-0820 hrs Glenn Martin 431 Flight reconnaissance of Ionian Sea on landing reported seeing at 0616 hrs a submarine on the surface; information passed to Vice Admiral Malta.

KALAFRANA  Operations by Sunderland aircraft of 228 and 230 squadrons. Two Sunderlands arrived from Middle East.

NORTHERN INFANTRY BRIGADE  Wardia reports a mine two miles off Ras il-Pellegrin.

2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Three recruits posted from depot.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  Fishermen reported mines drifting towards the coast.

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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “9 October 1940: Bonus Scheme to Speed Up Shelter Construction

  1. Pierre Lagacé

    October 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    The use of Sunderlands is something I wasn’t aware. It took some courage to fly these operations.

     

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