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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 experiences of these women pieceworker differ widely in the social context, local opportunity structures and individual life course.
Mr Bond said the increase for pieceworkers amounted to nearly 35% and would rise again next April when they would be entitled to 120% of NMW.
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Employers will be obliged to issue a statement to employees on the minimum wage, detailing specific arrangements for pieceworkers and homeworkers.
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.
In the cities, it was common for children under 12 to work long hours for $2 to $5 a week as factory pieceworkers, messengers, janitors, "tail-end" boys on wagons, and stock boys in stores.