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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 tricky to outline, sweating, in accordance with a opt for committee tested to enquire the problem, used to be characterized by means of lengthy hours, bad operating stipulations and certainly by way of low pay. via the start of the 20th century the govt. predicted that as much as a 3rd of the British crew might be classed as sweated labour, and for the 1st time in a century started to take into consideration introducing laws to handle the matter. when historians have written a lot on unemployment, poverty reduction and different such comparable social and business concerns, rather 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 vast review of the phenomenon and the way it constructed and adjusted over the years. by contrast, this quantity adopts a large nationwide and long-run process, delivering a extra holistic knowing of the topic. Rejecting the argument that sweating used to be in simple terms a London or gender comparable challenge, it paints an image of a common and consistently transferring trend of sweated labour around the state, that used to be to ultimately 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 was once to shape the cornerstone of low pay laws, and the barrier to the advent of a minimal salary, for the following ninety years.

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