Download e-book for iPad: A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work?: Sweated Labour and by Sheila Blackburn

By Sheila Blackburn

ISBN-10: 0754632644

ISBN-13: 9780754632641

ISBN-10: 1138272485

ISBN-13: 9781138272484

the character of sweating and the origins of low pay laws are of primary social, financial and ethical value. even supposing tough to outline, sweating, based on a decide on committee tested to enquire the problem, was once characterized by means of lengthy hours, terrible operating stipulations and mainly through low pay. by means of the start of the 20th century the govt. predicted that as much as a 3rd of the British group may be classed as sweated labour, and for the 1st time in a century started to take into consideration introducing laws to handle the matter. while historians have written a lot on unemployment, poverty aid and different such comparable social and commercial concerns, rather little paintings has been performed at the reasons, quantity and personality of sweated labour. That paintings which has been performed has tended to target the tailoring trades in London and Leeds, and fails to offer a huge evaluation of the phenomenon and the way it constructed and altered over the years. by contrast, this quantity adopts a huge nationwide and long-run process, offering a extra holistic knowing of the topic. Rejecting the argument that sweating used to be in basic terms a London or gender comparable challenge, it paints an image of a frequent and continually moving trend of sweated labour around the kingdom, that was once to finally convince the govt. to introduce laws within the kind of the 1909 Trades Board Act. It was once this act, meant to strive against sweated labour, which used to be to shape the cornerstone of low pay laws, and the barrier to the creation of a minimal salary, for the following ninety years.

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