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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 81

"Easily Worked if You Want to."

"Easily Worked if You Want to."

Even exposed to all the difficulties and dangers incident to a system which is largely at the mercy of the employers, this system has produced excellent results. For example the scheme of collective gain-Sharing which was, and as far as I know in operation at the Thames Iron [unclear: of] particular interest by rea-[unclear: of] its peculiar features, and [unclear: rcumstances] under which this [unclear: progressive] wages is applied, [unclear: adopted] is that if the actual the work m time wages comes [unclear: less than] the standard labour cost, [unclear: the] group-by which the work is done receives by way of bonus not a part, as is commonly the case, but the whole on the difference between the actual and the standard costs. The circumstances here under which this system was adopted were said to be as unfavourable to it as could be well imagined, for the requirement generally found essential to the success of the system is that of "repetition work," but here it was conspicuously absent. There is, indeed, infinite variety in the work done in this yard: the large size and complex character of a great part of the work done greatly added to the difficulty of fixing a satisfactory standard of the labour costs upon which the system is based, and yet it seems the system works or worked very well for both employers and men.