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labour

the human input to work activity. See JOB, CAPITAL.

labour

the contribution to productive activity made by the workforce both by hand (for example, the assembly of a car) and mentally (for example, devising a stock-control system). Labour is one of the three main FACTORS OF PRODUCTION, the others being NATURAL RESOURCES and CAPITAL. See alsoECONOMIC GROWTH, HUMAN CAPITAL.
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The bureau recognized the important role of public libraries in out-of-school learning, identifying the need for governing boards that included "alert, intelligent and purposeful men and women of the laboring classes" (Sullivan, 1963, pp.
But he suspects doulas may produce less striking effects in hospitals if patients have had prelabor education, if fathers coash the mothers through delivery, and if hospitals maintain a ratio of one nurse per laboring patient.
Unfortunately, these days even that "Made in the U.S.A." label is no guarantee that the workers who made that product weren't laboring under sweatshop conditions.