Workers on Their Industries by London South Place InstituteWorkers on Their Industries by London South Place Institute

Workers on Their Industries

byLondon South Place Institute

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...has been one of unbroken progress, both in membership and funds, till it has now 75,000 members, with an accumulated fund of £250,000, and has paid out in benefits during the last 40 years, no less than £4,000,000. The chief objects of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers are to obtain a minimum wage for its members, and to abolish overtime and piecework, but in neither of them has it been completely successful so far. That it has been the means of raising wages few will deny, and where the Society is strongest there wages are highest and conditions of working best. Overtime has to a certain extent been restrained through putting a tax upon it, making the employers pay time and a quarter or time and a half for all hours worked overtime. On the other hand, this has made the men more ready to accept overtime, because it gives them 'a higher rate of pay. There is little to say in favour of piecework. If it were beneficial to the men, the employers would not be so ready to force it upon them. Its effect, indeed, is to keep down the rate of wages right throughout the country. To the casual observer, the system of piecework seems to be the proper method of payment. It appears to be simply payment by result. But those who have worked it or thought seriously about it, know that it means much more. Not only does it lead to scamping of work, but it brings into play many of the worst passions of human nature. Men grow suspicious of each other, and envy, jealousy, and distrust are developed under the system. Then it is seldom a question of contract.1 Foremen or 1 In the engineering trades, the so-called " piecework " to which the men are so violently opposed, is not really a pure "piecework" at all, but rather a form of "estimate" or "contract"...
Title:Workers on Their IndustriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217657036

ISBN - 13:9780217657037