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piecework,

work for which the laborer is paid on the basis of the amount of work done. The system is best adapted to standardized operations in which quantity is preferred to quality. Its advocates maintain that it pays the worker according to his ability. Its opponents argue that it tends to pay the best worker what he would receive on a time basis, while other workers receive less than they would by the hour and that it forces the pace of work. In the United States the 1949 amendment to the Fair Labor Standards ActFair Labor Standards Act
or Wages and Hours Act,
passed by the U.S. Congress in 1938 to establish minimum living standards for workers engaged directly or indirectly in interstate commerce, including those involved in production of goods bound for such commerce.
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 in effect required that pieceworkers be paid at least the minimum wage.

piecework

[′pēs‚wərk]
(industrial engineering)
Work paid for in accordance with the amount done rather than the hours taken.

piecework

work paid for according to the quantity produced
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The threat of losing their jobs to homeworkers made it difficult for factory workers in several sectors to prevent employers from imposing piecework and other exploitative practices even when unions were present.
White's anthropological study of the women's piecework industry in Istanbul adds a new and understudied dimension to the field of Turkish studies.
The hard-living brothers first built bicycles and piecework components for the budding auto industry and then turned to producing transmissions for Olds Motor Works and engines for Henry Ford's young company.
The decree was supposed to lift wage caps and replace a collective wage system with one based on piecework as a centerpiece of his program to raise Cuba's economic output.
But to make a painting, a unity, just one, is not like a stamp," he gestures as if to suggest factory piecework, "another and another and another.
At least one of the contractors was being paid on a piecework basis and could earn more money by handling more cases.
The council justifies this by saying that piecework finished on time saves the council taxpayer huge amounts of money," said Mr Leigh.
William and Matt were on piecework, and because their earnings varied it was customary for them to hold over part of their wage claim so that it can be used to bring up earnings during a hard week.
Her life changes when she starts doing clothing piecework at home.
Ruth is into art quilting, painting and whatever, and I do the more traditional piecework.
In a few weeks I was looking after three machines, piecework.
Mr McGarva told the court that the Royal Mail had been paid for the items to be delivered and the postmen themselves were also paid on a piecework basis.