Labor Unions in The Industrial Revolution

Labor Unions in The Industrial Revolution

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  • The Industrial Revolution was an era when industrialization took place on a major scale and production started to take at a much faster pace than ever before. This caused for many factories to open and the need of excessive employees which led to the employment of women and young children.
  • Young children would work long hours including nights with no break. Their priority was to work to help their home's income. They would work to perfection to prevent from getting fired and the conditions they worked in were far from safe.
  • Young children would get hurt but they had no choice but to keep on working since there was no one who was there to help hurt employees. And most of the time if an employee stopped working they were immediately fired as the priority was mass production and not the welfare of the employees and  working children.
  • Parents, activist, the government, and the common citizen started to notice the unfairness and unjust treatment these workers were experiencing. They started being aware through the different testimonies and situations that kept occurring such as the young children losing fingers or losing arms in these machines and women being trapped inside a building on fire with only one exit.
  • The labor movement started in favor of the workers big and small. They wanted better working conditions and benefits that protected the workers from harm  and injuries.
  • The voices of the workers were not ignored and the law was enforced. Many acts and laws started to be passed in order to protect these workers and child labor was finally made illegal. Measures of safety were taken and working hours decreased making the working environment safe and fair to its workers.
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