Sweated Labor

Sweated Labor

Work done in a sweatshop. Sweated labor is work done in poor conditions for low level, often below subsistence, wages. See also: Minimum wage, Living wage.
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And more affluent women do have a history of effective sweated labor boycotts in the past: in the Victorian era, impoverished women were going blind in the "needle trades," turning out elaborate embroideries for wealthy women, until revulsion on the part of these consumers forced conditions to better.
If women around the world who are held in the bondage of sweated labor manage to win this crucial fight, that cute dress at Primark may cost a fair amount more.
And more affluent women do have a history of effective sweated labor boycotts in the past: in the Victorian era, impoverished women were going blind in the `needle trades', turning out elaborate embroideries for wealthy women, until revulsion on the part of these consumers forced conditions to better.
Initially, inspectors associated ethnicity, or what was then regarded as race, with disease, immorality, and sweated labor, claiming that the "negative 'racial characteristics of the Jew'" accounted for the rise of the sweatshop (47).
These developments were accompanied by what workers saw as a decline in apprenticeship, and increases in piece-work and (what would later be termed) sweated labor.
We call on ourselves to express solidarity with striking workers, with victims of child labor and sweated labor, with Sandinistas, Zapatistas, French transit workers, East Timorese, or the African National Congress.
As with other proto-industries, much of the success of worsted manufacturing in Yorkshire ultimately depended on the sweated labor of tens of thousands of women.
Coffin shows how they served a developing profession of social science as well as the "gender politics of sweated labor," which is the focus of the final third of her book.
Whereas weaving fathers allowed their sons to escape into more lucrative lines of work, daughters and wives kept the household afloat by bringing in income from sweated labor.