Select Documents Illustrating The History Of Trade Unionism (volume 1); 1. The Tailoring Trade

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byFrank Wallis Galton

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... peeface Th1s volume has for its basis a remarkable series of documents relating to the London tailoring trade, which have been, until lately, practically unknown to economic students. They begin in 1721 with a graphic description by the " Master Taylors residing within the Cities of London and Westminster " of the Trade Union formed by the 15,000 journeymen tailors of the Metropolis, and of their strike for better conditions of employment. With the possible exception of the clubs of the woollen workers of the West of England, whose tumultuous strikes occurred about the same time, this organisation of the London tailors is the earliest recorded Trade Union of the modern type. In the subsequent documents and contemporary references, unearthed by Mr. Galton's ingenious industry, we are able to keep the trade constantly under our eye. We see the tailor, at that time always working on his employer's premises and paid by the day, kept close to his toil from six in the morning until nine at night. We follow to the very end his long struggle against the uniform legal rate of wages imposed upon him by the employers. We watch him at one moment succumbing to the law, at another profiting by the perennial anomalies of London government; playing off now the City against the rest of the Metropolis, now Westminster against the City. We are able to trace his gradual increase of wages and diminution of hours, a progress constantly interrupted by the pressure of "the unemployed," and by the enormous fluctuations in the trade caused by the periods of " Court mourning." We watch the working of the curious system of the " House of Call," and we see the coming in of piecework, now universal in the trade. We may even, towards the close of the history, trace the beginnings of the perni...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... peeface Th1s volume has for its basis a remarkable series of documents relating to the London tailoring trade, which have been, until...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217867359

ISBN - 13:9780217867351

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