Sweating in Melbourne.
The Chief Inspector of factories m Victoria is extremely innocent on sweating. He says the difficulty of obtaining any reliable data upon which to form an opinion is so great that '' very little is known about it." "Sweating" appears to mean, he says, working outside a factory at a lower scale of prices than can be obtained inside under log prices. He has come, however, to the conclnsion that many females prefer working at home, even at a lower rate of remuneration; whilst many people, both male and female, work m a factory m the day,time, a*nd take work home with them as well, the inducement to the employer being that they will do the outside work at less than log prices. "These people are of ten the best workers m the factory, and if they prefer spending the evenings m this way rather than m idleness or amusement, they surely cannot be blamed for it." One of the means proposed to prevent sweating— namely, the prohibiting of all outside work—he entirely condemns. "This would not only be a cruel hardship to many deserving people, but would also saddle the State with the support of many who at present are able to earn their own livelihood." This official is backed up by another inspector, who reports that he has "not been able to discover that sweating exists m any proportion of the Melbourne district." The officers evidently have a notion of their own of the meaning of "sweating," and do not see the evils which the system the chief commends is bound to lead to.
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Sweating in Melbourne., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890
Sweating in Melbourne. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890
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