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piecework

a system of PAY in which an individual's WAGE is related to his or her output. In some cases payments are based entirely on the volume of output (for example fruit picking), in others employees receive a ‘floor’ wage supplemented by additional payments proportional to the value of the time saved where output is achieved in less than the time allotted. The latter relies on the calculation of standard times to perform given tasks and hence usually makes extensive use of WORK MEASUREMENT. In the past, piecework has often given rise to INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS difficulties, especially when workers are unable to achieve normal expected bonuses because of factors outside their control, for example non-availability of stock.

piecework

a system of PAY in which an individual's WAGE is related to his or her output. In some industries this type of ‘payment by results’ system is used because of its potentially beneficial impact upon worker motivation and PRODUCTIVITY; other industries make little use of it because of their particular difficulties in determining appropriate piece-rates per unit of output.
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It is deduced from the narratives that lack of capital, titled assets and inheritance issue are the main challenges faced by women pieceworker.
In future, home-based pieceworkers will be entitled to a rate for the job equivalent to the full new minimum wage of pounds 4.
Artists should not be pieceworkers, occasional visitors to their theatres.
9 million mainly in hotels, catering, shops, care homes, security and clothing factories, agency staff, pieceworkers and homeworkers.
Putout pieceworkers kept their own ledgers of past jobs that constituted an employment history available for the perusal by each new boss.
The Act will cover pieceworkers, homeworkers, agency commission and domestic workers, as well as part-timers and casuals, with the only exemptions being those aged 16 and 17.
This may fit the image of unionism that a corporate-controlled media wants to project, but it omits aspects of workers' lives that are more socially oriented: organizing fundraisers for inner city school hot-lunch programmes, defending workers against harassment by employers, organizing pieceworkers forced to work long days for less than minimum wage, or campaigning against child labour.
According to this definition, virtually all workers - including pieceworkers, workers hired on a contract-payment basis, homeworkers and members of a cooperative - are all employees.
Homeworkers appear briefly in this history, usually as pieceworkers in the garment trades, but homework as a phenomenon has escaped analysis.
On the other hand, a large-scale formal sector enterprise may hire pieceworkers to assemble goods--for example, toys, radio transmitters, or batteries--in their homes.
Young lawyers are often treated and made to feel like pieceworkers.
These uprisings which were largely revolts of disgruntled artisans, pieceworkers in the textile trade and peasants often took the air of millinery or chiliastic movements.