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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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Masses of labourers, crowded into the factory, are organised like soldiers.
At first the contest is carried on by individual labourers, then by the workpeople of a factory, then by the operatives of one trade, in one locality, against the individual bourgeois who directly exploits them.
At this stage the labourers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition.
The advance of industry, whose involuntary promoter is the bourgeoisie, replaces the isolation of the labourers, due to competition, by their revolutionary combination, due to association.
Tom excepted, Martin Poyser had some pride in his servants and labourers, thinking with satisfaction that they were the best worth their pay of any set on the estate.
SAHIWAL -- A labourer was buried alive and another critically injured when a century-old well they were digging bricks out of collapsed in Bunga Hayat village, Pakpattan tehsil on Saturday afternoon.
According to Levies, the armed men were asking for money; however, when refused, they started shooting and injured a labourer as well.
An elderly labourer present in camp fainted here on Saturday.
Three labourers, identified as Pramod, Sharwan and Jarmin, died on the spot while another labourer succumbed to his injuries in city civil hospital.
Child labourer population was calculated based on census 2001 data and prevalence of child labourer in India.
Most of the days, we sleep with hunger pangs," a labourer told Times of Oman.
An initial rent would be BD20 to BD25 per labourer per month.