Labour and Life of the People Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...no less than seven qualities, in addition to an _" extra quality to meet special requirements." This arrangement----which applies to the entire home trade of Northampton, without any invidious class distinctions among the different firms in the town--certainly relieves the employer from much embarrassment. Nor, unless the information given to me by persons in a position to know the facts is incorrect, does it enable him to take advantage of his men by getting best work made at the price of thirds, or of seconds. The interests of the men are guarded by a tribunal upon which both employers and employees are represented, and which determines in case of doubt the category within which a boot ought in fairness to be placed, its decisions being assisted by reference to a sample showcase containing an assortment of boots classified according to quality. If a dispute arises between a master and his men as to the price to be paid upon a novel description of boot, the sample from which the men are to work is submitted to the Board of"Gonciliation, who, comparing it with the exemplars of the show-case, determine whether the boot is to be rated as "seconds" or " firsts," according as it more nearly resembles the "seconds" or the "firsts" among the boots of a similar general character in the standard show-case. It will be seen that the Northampton statement introduces into the boot trade a principle which, in its adaptability to the ever-changing conditions of industry, somewhat resembles the sliding-scale as it is-applied in the case of miners' wages. The hard and fast lines drawn by the London statements disappear; and in their place we have a wage-standard which claims to be...
- Paperback | 178 pages
- 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
- 13 Sep 2013
- Illustrations, black and white