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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, fiscal and ethical value. even if tricky to outline, sweating, in keeping with a pick out committee validated to enquire the problem, used to be characterized by way of lengthy hours, terrible operating stipulations and primarily by way of low pay. through the start of the 20th century the govt. envisioned that as much as a 3rd of the British staff will be classed as sweated labour, and for the 1st time in a century started to take into consideration introducing laws to deal with the problem.

Whilst historians have written a lot on unemployment, poverty reduction and different such similar social and business matters, quite 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 provide a large assessment of the phenomenon and the way it built and adjusted over time.

In distinction, this quantity adopts a huge nationwide and long-run method, offering a extra holistic knowing of the topic. Rejecting the argument that sweating was once in simple terms a London or gender similar challenge, it paints an image of a frequent and regularly 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 wrestle sweated labour, which used to be 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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