New PDF release: A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work?: Sweated Labour and

By Sheila Blackburn

ISBN-10: 0754632644

ISBN-13: 9780754632641

ISBN-10: 1138272485

ISBN-13: 9781138272484

The nature of sweating and the origins of low pay laws are of primary social, monetary and ethical value. even supposing tricky to outline, sweating, in keeping with a choose committee proven to enquire the difficulty, was once characterized by way of lengthy hours, bad operating stipulations and in particular by means of low pay. by way of the start of the 20th century the govt envisioned that as much as a 3rd of the British crew will be classed as sweated labour, and for the 1st time in a century started to take into consideration introducing laws to handle the problem.

Whilst historians have written a lot on unemployment, poverty reduction and different such similar social and business concerns, fairly little paintings has been performed at the explanations, 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 large assessment of the phenomenon and the way it constructed and altered over time.

In distinction, this quantity adopts a extensive nationwide and long-run strategy, supplying a extra holistic realizing of the topic. Rejecting the argument that sweating was once purely a London or gender similar challenge, it paints an image of a common and always transferring trend of sweated labour around the kingdom, that used to be to finally convince the govt. to introduce laws within the type of the 1909 Trades Board Act. It used to be 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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