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Packing tins, 1940s
Packing tins, 1940s
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Brief Description: Girls packing wrapped chocolate biscuits into tins
Subject Date: 1940s
Full Description: Unmarried women had worked in the packaging departments from the mid-nineteenth century. The number of women employees steadily increased until the First World War when women were employed for the first time by the engineering and manufacturing departments to replace men who had joined the armed forces. In the 1930s girls came from areas of high unemployment like South Wales to work at Huntley & Palmers. Women received lower wages than men for similar jobs. Between 1928 and 1936 Huntley & Palmers introduced the Bedaux time and motion system across the factory and offices, following a successful trial in 1927 in the rusk packing room. The Bedaux Company approached Huntley & Palmers who took up the system to increase workers efficiency. The gist of this complicated system was that a worker was timed doing their job, with their knowledge, so that their work rate per minute was measured. That figure was a base. If the worker did more per minute than this figure then they would earn a 25% bonus. In 1932 it was estimated that the cumulative net saving to Huntley & Palmers was £95,000.
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Biscuit Factory, Reading, Berkshire
Dimensions: Height: 14.0cm, Length: 18.8cm
Subject: social history, trade <food mfr>, working life
Content Type: photograph
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1997.130.538.15
Unique ID: rm-rm-1997_130_538_15~1_351-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
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