Full text: Report on an enquiry into wages and hours of labour in the cotton mill industry, 1926

(7) Length of cloth produced (in yards); 
(8) Weight of cloth produced {in pounds) ; 
(9) Total production in lbs. of each kind of cloth produced by 
regular worker ; 
(10) Total production in lbs. of each kind of cloth produced by 
hadli or badlis ; 
(11) Rate per Ib. of each kind of cloth produced (in pies); 
(12) Amount to be paid for work of both regular worker and badls, 
if any ; 
(13) War Bonus or Dearness or Percentage Allowance at (to be 
stated) percentage; - 
(14) Total amount earned, i.e., total of (12) and (13); 
(15) Deductions for fines ; 
(16) Bonus for good attendance or good work ; 
(17) Amount payable, ¢.e., total of (14) and (16) less (15). 
No account to be taken of deductions made for Grain, Medical 
Attendance, Provident Fund, Chawl Rent, etc. 
(18) Remarks. 
5. With reference to item No. 12, the Millowners’ Association were 
originally of the opinion that it would not be possible for the individual 
mills to give separate figures for the earnings of regular workers and their 
badlis, if any. But when an Investigator of the Labour Office visited 
the mills personally in order to explain the manner in which the attend- 
ance registers for the month of July should be maintained and the way 
in which the forms should be filled up, the majority of the mills agreed 
to show the earnings of the regular workers and badlis separately. In a 
few cases where some mills did not do this it was necessary for the Labour 
Office to undertake a series of separate calculations to ascertain the 
wages earned by the regular worker and by the badli from the data 
furnished for production by the regular worker and the badli respectively. 
In cases where regular workers permanently left their employment 
during the period covered by the Enquiry and were replaced by one or 
even by two others, both the workers who left and those by whom they 
were replaced were bracketed together and bracketed cases were treated 
as single operatives. Badlis were, however, treated separately in all 
cases. With regard to items (5) to (8) it was found that these 
particulars alone would be of practically no value if any attempt was to be 
made to ascertain rates for particular varieties of cloth unless the mills 
concerned also furnished details regarding Warp and Weft Counts and 
reeds and picks. At the personal request of the Investigator of the 
Labour Office, some mills agreed to furnish the additional particulars 
required, but as one or two mills were unable to do so, general instructions 
were subsequently issued to all the mills covered by the Enquiry not to 
take the trouble to enter the details under the additional heads. In 
view of the fact that women are not employed as weavers in any textile 
mill in the Bombay Presidency, it was not necessary, in the forms for 
weavers, to ask for any information regarding age and sex.

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