A FAIR DAYS WAGE FOR A FAIR DAYS WORK SWEATED LABOUR AND THE ORIGINS OF MINIMUM WAGE LEGISLATION IN BRITAIN STUDIES IN LABOUR HISTORY

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A Fair Day S Wage For A Fair Day S Work

Author : Sheila Blackburn
ISBN : 9781317188285
Genre : History
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The nature of sweating and the origins of low pay legislation are of fundamental social, economic and moral importance. Although difficult to define, sweating, according to a select committee established to investigate the issue, was characterised by long hours, poor working conditions and above all by low pay. By the beginning of the twentieth century the government estimated that up to a third of the British workforce could be classed as sweated labour, and for the first time in a century began to think about introducing legislation to address the problem. Whilst historians have written much on unemployment, poverty relief and other such related social and industrial issues, relatively little work has been done on the causes, extent and character of sweated labour. That work which has been done has tended to focus on the tailoring trades in London and Leeds, and fails to give a broad overview of the phenomenon and how it developed and changed over time. In contrast, this volume adopts a broad national and long-run approach, providing a more holistic understanding of the subject. Rejecting the argument that sweating was merely a London or gender related problem, it paints a picture of a widespread and constantly shifting pattern of sweated labour across the country, that was to eventually persuade the government to introduce legislation in the form of the 1909 Trades Board Act. It was this act, intended to combat sweated labour, which was to form the cornerstone of low pay legislation, and the barrier to the introduction of a minimum wage, for the next 90 years.
Category: History

Social Security And Wage Poverty

Author : Chris Grover
ISBN : 9781137293978
Genre : Social Science
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This is the first book to examine debates about, and the practice of, state supplementing of wages. It charts the historical development of such policies from prohibition in the 1830s and how opposition to it was overcome in the 1970s, thereby allowing the increasing supplementation of the wages of poorly paid working people.
Category: Social Science

Research In Economic History

Author : Christopher Hanes
ISBN : 9781784417819
Genre : Business & Economics
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The latest volume in the series Research of Economic History contains articles on the economic history of Europe and the U.S.
Category: Business & Economics

Books In Print 2009 2010

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ISBN : 0835250199
Genre : Publishers' catalogs
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Industrial Mining Standard

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The Spectator

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The Oracle

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