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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. On a similar issue, one of our study participants stated that:
In future, home-based pieceworkers will be entitled to a rate for the job equivalent to the full new minimum wage of pounds 4.
Chartered accountants say the changes mainly affect payments to pieceworkers and subcontractors who may be entitled to higher rates.
In the former, while they found that the 1999 national minimum legislation (NMW) seems to benefit home-workers overall (primarily women from south Asia) many pieceworkers who had a history of working informally, had not benefited from the new legislation and did not receive a pay rise.
In effect, this punishes the pieceworkers. You need to take it back a step.
I hear you there." "And why can't we change yellow and pink to something else?" "Amen, brother." * And When We Wake Up, We Remember Our Worst Jobs Ever: My first (and worst) full-time job, which I held as a 17-year-old drop-out, was in a clothing factory where I operated a kind of press (shades of InDesign!) which printed out instructions for the pieceworkers. It was a non-unionized factory and we worked from 8:00 to 5:30 daily (half an hour for lunch) and Saturday mornings.
Directors, actors and designers were all jobbed in, and, although theatres often developed longer-term relationships with particular artists, using them on a regular basis or bringing them in through residency programs, most artists really were pieceworkers who had little control over the evolution of a theatre's work.
Employers under-record overtime hours, and employees are not aware of the companies' policies--i.e., labor laws specify that pieceworkers are entitled to receive overtime premiums, but do not specify the rate.
A An estimated 1.9 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.