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The firm was very concerned with the image that it presented to the town. Men and women were required to enter and leave the factory by different routes and at different times. They also worked in separate rooms.
 
Fines
From the start the firm laid down rules and regulations ‘For the purpose of preserving good order’ in the factory. Fines were imposed for poor conduct - swearing, striking anyone or injuring any machine through wantonness or neglect cost 1s. Absenting yourself without leave, bringing intoxicating liquor on to the premises or smoking led to a fine of 6d. Working with hands or face unwashed meant a 2d fine.
Factory Rules and Regulations Booklet, 1903
Factory Rules and Regulations Booklet, 1903
 
Employee Suspension Book no.3 1951-1970
Employee Suspension Book no.3 1951-1970

Breaking the Rules
In 1951 smoking in the lavatory or stealing biscuits led to dismissal. If you were caught cutting your toe-nails in the cake department, as one worker was in 1950, you were likely to be suspended for two days and moved to another department on your return.
 
Employee Suspension Book no.3 1951-1970
Employee Suspension Book no.3 1951-1970

The rules on good conduct extended to outside the factory gates. When a heavy fall of snow occurred one December, a notice about ‘Snow Balling in the Streets’ proclaimed: ‘It will be a kind and MANLY act for everyone to discountenance it and help to make it known in the Office when any serious offence occurs’.
 

The Sick Fund
All fines for misbehaviour were paid into the Sick Fund box. The Fund was set up in 1849 to benefit employees or their families who had experienced a death or serious illness. It was a compulsory scheme to which all employees had to contribute 6d per week and employees had to be medically examined before becoming members.
Doctors surgery, 1950s
Doctors surgery, 1950s
 
Not surprisingly, strict rules were applied to the scheme. Anyone receiving benefit was forbidden to travel more than two miles from home. To ensure compliance with the rules, the employee living nearest to the sick person had to call on him once a week to check he really was incapacitated.
 
The Sickness & Accident Scheme
The Sick Fund was superseded in 1912 when National Insurance was introduced by the government. However the firm did continue a Sickness and Accident Scheme after this date although the criteria were stringent for receiving benefit.
Sickness and Accident Scheme booklet, 1959
Sickness and Accident Scheme booklet, 1959
 
 
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