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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, fiscal and ethical value. even though tough to outline, sweating, in response to a decide on committee verified to enquire the difficulty, was once characterized through lengthy hours, bad operating stipulations and exceptionally by means of low pay. by means of the start of the 20th century the govt anticipated that as much as a 3rd of the British team 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. when historians have written a lot on unemployment, poverty reduction and different such similar social and business concerns, rather little paintings has been performed at the motives, 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 provide a huge evaluate of the phenomenon and the way it constructed and adjusted over the years. by contrast, this quantity adopts a vast nationwide and long-run procedure, 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 consistently transferring trend of sweated labour around the nation, that used to be to ultimately convince the govt. to introduce laws within the kind of the 1909 Trades Board Act. It used to be 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 subsequent ninety years.

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