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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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Beside socio cultural and economic factors, women pieceworkers are also confronted with few administrative factors.
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.
Employers will be obliged to issue a statement to employees on the minimum wage, detailing specific arrangements for pieceworkers and homeworkers.
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.
The act only applies to an employer-employee relationship; however, it contains an exceedingly broad definition of the term "employ." 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.
Thus, he classifies the carpenters and painters as labor aristocrats, even though only one-quarter were skilled craftsmen, while three-quarters of these workers were sweated pieceworkers employed under the subcontracting system.
Annual income tops out at around $25,000, and many of the more financially successful pieceworkers supplement their journalism incomes with technical, public relations or advertising writing.