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see sweating systemsweating system,
method of exploiting labor by supplying materials to workers and paying by the piece (see piecework) for work done on those materials in the workers' homes or in small workshops (sweatshops).
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Whatever the source of any Gaudy Welsh you may come across, one thing is certain: sweated labour produced it, much of the work being done by children sometimes as young as eight.
The city council, said a third, was relying on sweated labour from Scandinavia, and depriving hard-pressed workers in Scotland and Cornwall of employment.
Armies of men fashioned steel rolled in Scots steelworks and made molten on fires fuelled by the sweated labour of a hundred Scots coalmines.
Feminist writers joined in 'the clothes wars,' attacking the many levels of exploitation: the sweated labour of women millinery workers; the 'living in' regimes of women retail shop staff; the genteel fictions that cloaked the industry's general enthrallment of their sex.
Poorer sweated labour proliferated in the manufacturing trades creating much more competitive markets for both goods and the labour that manufactured them.