Child Labour

Child Labour

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  • It's time to wake up and get ready for another day in the factory everyone.
  • Children of both genders had to go to work around 5 am, meaning they had to wake up very early. From the age of 6 and up, they would work in factories to help contribute to the family even though they were only paid minimum wage. Their conditions at home were very poor and unhealthy, rats infested the area where they would sleep in a crowded but small room.
  • That is no excuse! Get back to work immediately!
  • Often the walk to work would have been an exhausting 2 or 3 mile journey on foot. People were only given one uniform that they had to wear every day no matter how tatted it got or how bad it smelt. Also not everyone had the luxury of owning shoes - which was a safety hazard if they didn't - and even then the shoes would be old, broken, and bloodstained.
  • Working conditions were harsh, the factories children had to work in was usually overcrowded, dangerous and unsafe. There was every chance a child could get seriously injured or even killed just by stepping into the factory. This would affect a child's mentality, making them constantly on edge, scared, and fearful for their life.
  • The owner only cared about profits and not their employee's safety as there were no set laws. They would often yell at children who were not working hard enough, they could even fine or fire them for sleeping on the job or being unproductive. They would also suffer from emotional and physical abuse as they were being beaten and yelled at regularly.
  • Children injured in factory incidents received no compensation and would most likely die due to poor hospital care. Their hearing was permanently damaged and they also had no protection from harsh chemicals. Working 14 hours a day from the age of 6 to retirement - if they made it that far - lead to several physical and mental health problems.
  • Due to the conditions in factories, it became very common for children to die before adulthood or become permanently deformed. As well as having mental health conditions as they would have seen several accidents and deaths occur in front of them. However, over the 19th century, working conditions slowly improved due to various Factory Acts.
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