The Prevention of Destitution Volume 25

The Prevention of Destitution Volume 25

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... compulsory deduction from wages--say, 2 d.--had, in the case of casual labourers, to be made from each separate man employed during the current week--the employer having to add thereto, say another 2%d.--each employer would find it distinctly cheaper to employ the same man throughout the week. If he preferred to continue to take on men indiscriminately and casually, as at present, an alternative inducement could be offered to him to take them all from the Labour Exchange (which would then be able to "dove-tail" their jobs), by allowing him, on this condition, a substantial rebate on his contributions, which could be commuted for a periodical lump sum payment. A still further rebate might be allowed to him in return for an agreement to take from the Labour Exchange during the year a definite quantum of labour force, with a certain average distribution week by week. It is obvious that such a scheme might enable. various substantial inducements to be offered for what, in effect, would be a valuable improvement in the methods of employing casual hands. But here again we are compelled to ask, what is to be the fate of the Casual labourer or the artisan who falls out of benefit through long periods of unemployment; still more of those who find themselves ousted from their previous occupations by this ingenious device for decasualising labour? " Decasualisation," as we are apt to forget, means so altering the conditions of employment as to give some men more continuous work, at the cost of depriving other men of what little employment they had. These persons have committed no crime; they have refused no situation, and they will be, in many cases, innocent victims of a new industrial organisation imposed by more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123687806X
  • 9781236878069