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  • joealias847 joealias847 Jul 28, 2013 11:03 AM Flag

    When a person is too dumb to hold a job they join the union

     

    imho

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    • Over time there have been abuses by management of its employees. For example one car read excerpt Sadler Committee Report of 1832
      Elizabeth Bentley, called in; and Examined.
      What age are you?
      --Twenty-three.

      Where do you live?
      --At Leeds.

      What time did you begin to work at a factory?
      --When I was six years old.

      At whose factory did you work?
      --Mr. Busk's.

      What kind of mill is it?
      --Flax-mill.

      What was your business in that mill?
      --I was a little doffer.

      What were your hours of labour in that mill?
      --From 5 in the morning till 9 at night, when they were thronged.

      For how long a time together have you worked that excessive length of time?
      --For about half a year.

      What were your usual hours when you were not so thronged?
      --From 6 in the morning till 7 at night.

      What time was allowed for your meals?
      --Forty minutes at noon.

      Had you any time to get your breakfast or drinking?
      --No, we got it as we could.

      And when your work was bad, you had hardly any time to eat it at all?
      --No; we were obliged to leave it or take it home, and when we did not take it, the overlooker took it, and gave it to his pigs.

      Do you consider doffing a laborious employment?
      --Yes.

      Explain what it is you had to do?
      --When the frames are full, they have to stop the frames, and take the flyers off, and take the full bobbins off, and carry them to the roller; and then put empty ones on, and set the frame going again.

      Does that keep you constantly on your feet?
      --Yes, there are so many frames, and they run so quick.

      Your labour is very excessive?
      --Yes; you have not time for any thing.

      Suppose you flagged a little, or were too late, what would they do?
      --Strap us.

      Are they in the habit of strapping those who are last in doffing?
      --Yes.

      Constantly?
      --Yes.

      Girls as well as boys?
      --Yes.

      Have you ever been strapped?
      --Yes.

      Severely?
      --Yes.

      So clearly what is needed is a proper and fair relationship between management and labor.

 
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