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Colliery wage page

gibbo

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I have a page from the Langwith Colliery - Panel Wages week ending May 28th 1938, that has my great grandfather's name on it.

I've noticed the page has how many days for the week the men worked. My great grandfather and others worked for 2 days, others did 3 or 4 days, some even had 1 day.

How did this work? Did they arrive at the mine each morning and see if they were lucky enough to have work that day, if not they returned home and went back the next morning and so on?

My g grandfather also had health insurance, unemployment insurance and electric light deducted from his wages.
 

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