Jackson, Stephen (2005) Edinburgh Cabinet Makers' wage agreements and wage disputes, 1805 to 1826. Scottish Archives, 11. pp. 79-89. ISSN 1358-0264

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Printed price books, recording piece rate agreements between masters and journeymen in the cabinet making trade, have been overlooked in historical accounts of early nineteenth-century industrial relations. Art historians have used the price books to document the development of furniture styles but have not recognised the labour militancy which gave rise to their publication. This article charts the wage negotiations revealed in the Edinburgh price books within the context of a changing legislative environment. The manner in which strikes were organised is revealed in evidence submitted to the parliamentary select committee on combinations and the voice of the journeymen is heard in letters sent to the newspapers. The uncertainties of the period are revealed in the different opinions of employers, workers, and journalists.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scotland and Europe (to 2011)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 10:06
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2015 08:31
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1401

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