Download PDF by Shelley Pennington: A Hidden Workforce: Homeworkers in England, 1850–1985

By Shelley Pennington

ISBN-10: 0333432975

ISBN-13: 9780333432976

ISBN-10: 1349198544

ISBN-13: 9781349198542

Homeworkers are typically girls who paintings of their personal houses for an outdoor organisation and are paid on a one-piece foundation. The paintings is mostly unskilled and of a run of the mill and repetitive nature. the commercial prestige of the homeworker has little or not anything in universal with the self sufficient craftsman operating in his own residence earlier than the onset of industrialization; homeworkers paintings with no supervision and feature no actual touch with their employers or sub-contractors other than whilst accumulating or returning paintings. This quantity is an research of the industrial and social place of the predominantly woman labour strength of the homework industries from 1850 to 1985. The textual content examines alterations that experience happened within the composition of the labour strength, the choices open to girls and the categories and geographical position of homework. The authors significantly assessment makes an attempt to enhance the location of homeworkers and touch upon the clients for homeworking sooner or later.

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Compulsory schooling, beginning with the 1870 Education Act, was responsible for removal of child labour as a considerable element in the pool of cheap labour. This affected many of the home industries, both urban and rural, but its withdrawal was particularly noticeable in the country industries of pillow-lace-making and straw-plaiting. A number of other factors influenced the decline of homework at this time. The male trade union movement launched a concerted campaign against homework, which was seen as synonymous with low wages, poor working conditions and a weakening of the workers bargaining position.

There was no transport to get into Colchester, no buses I mean, they'd got kids at home and they'd got a machine ... ' Mrs Marsh and Mrs Petty came from Colchester: 'Yes my mother did tailoring. 'Cos she had to keep us going. Dad didn't earn very much. lr money if you did anything like that because he used to work ... up Lexden way and they don't pay like we do you see, they didn't in those days and Mum used to do coats at home from the factory. She used to work very hard for the little she got to make ends meet you see'.

The whole relationship between employer and employee was transformed under the domestic system. The worker also had to sell his or her labour power. The medieval guilds had prohibited journeymen from taking work home and from working for more than one master. This was to protect their status and bargaining position and to guard 30 Homework and economic change, 1850-1914 31 against journeymen becoming 'mere outworkers'. With the collapse of the guild system, outwork became the generalised form of production.

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