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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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Piecework especially stitching garment, carpet weaving, making blanket etc is very popular since long in this region and now considered as an important source of income for some households.
The felting of two or more layers presaged the layering in applique tifaifai, and the application of geometric and plant designs (some of which were copied from European cloth in the late eighteenth century) would later be echoed in geometric shapes in piecework tifaifai and plant motifs in applique tifaifai.
Urologists are working harder to make ends meet and, therefore, in our piecework payment system we are either actively discouraging competition or are sucking out the lifeblood of any new urologist trying to set up a practice in our area.
Then the Government decided it wanted more information about how the money was spent and piecework was introduced.
Self-employed workers are usually paid on a piecework basis.
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 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.
He followed harvests once taking an overloaded Joad-mobile over the Rockies to Oregon for a Grapes of Wrath summer parents and youngsters alike picking fruit for subsistence piecework wages.
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.
We were selling what we offer on a piecework basis -- buy this column, buy this puzzle," Stevenson says.
At least one of the contractors was being paid on a piecework basis and could earn more money by handling more cases.