Story: Agricultural processing industries

Piece-work problems

Piece-work problems

Some of the work done by young women in woollen mills was paid by the ‘piece’ rather than by the hour, and sometimes employees even took work home so that they could add to their tally and earn more. Some factories and mills gave out work to be done at home by outworkers. These workers, who were mainly women, are the people Tailoresses’ Union president Harriet Morison is referring to as she points out to the Labour Minister William Pember Reeves, that the conditions of the Factory Act do not include these piece workers’ conditions. Reeves replies: ‘Yes, that’s an awkward gap. We must patch it up next session without fail.’

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Reference: New Zealand Observer and Freelance, 27 January 1894, p. 1

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Jane Tolerton, 'Agricultural processing industries - Wool processing in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/25165/piece-work-problems (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010