1st Edition

The Clothing Workers of Great Britain

By S.P Dobbs Copyright 2006
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 2005. This book is a part of the studies in Economic and Political Science series and is a study of the British Clothing Trades. The first aim is to describe the present-day structure and localization of the Clothing Industry in Great Britain. The second is to compare existing conditions in the industry with those which prevailed some twenty years ago and to determine the causes to which the changes which have taken place are due.




    Author’s Preface… ix

    Introduction by the Rt. Hon. Sidney Webb,

    LL.B., MP. … xi


    I. Introductory… 1

    II. The Clothing Trades… 10

    III. The Localization of the Industry… 33

    IV. Wage Regulation and the Trade Boards… 83

    V. The Wage Level and Methods of Wage Payment… 107

    VI. Trade Unions… 125

    VII. Employers’ Associations… 146

    VIII.… Apprenticeship and the Problem of Recruitment… 161

    IX. The Decline of Homework and Sweating. General Review of Conditions in the Industry… 172

    Bibliography… 203

    Appendix I. Numbers Engaged in the Clothing Trades… 205

    Appendix II. Earnings… 207

    Appendix III. Methods of Wage-Payment… 209

    Appendix IIIa, Example of ‘Log’ Rates… 209

    Appendix IV. Methods of Work in the Retail Bespoke Tailoring Trades… 212

    Index… 215


    S.P Dobbs Formerly Lecturer in Economics in the Universities of Toronto and Sheffield