Essay on improving factory conditions

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Charlotte
Ladies and gentlemen, I address you today on behalf of my constituents to bring to
light a travesty which haunts this country every day of every week. An unmissable and
unforgivable chapter of abuse and unacceptable behaviour, on children and women, in
their place of work we must stop condoning this behaviour it must come to an end.
Vulnerable, unprotected children are exploited and mistreated every day. This pain,
which children as young as six are feeling, is caused by the twisted rules which are
unneeded, and the extreme acts of violence towards these minor's. Matthew Price
experienced this abuse whilst he worked in a factory. "I was dipped into water," he
explained, "by the overseer for having dropsy." This is one of the many examples that
are available. Robert Tydlesdale, a six
year old boy, "I am covered in bruises from beating from my overseer. I consider
myself lucky, as last time I was lashed with the whip. I was punished for falling asleep
on the job." Children as young as six shouldn't be working they do not have the
strength or the knowledge to understand what they are doing and acknowledge the
fundamental rules of working.
If employers were more lenient, as to whom they wished to
employ, such as adults, this would wholly affect the happiness of a child's foreseeable
future. Many employers may argue that these acts of violence must be followed
through to put the discipline in place, and to make sure the children know to behave and
abide by the rules, but is violence really the way forward? A local,
well known cartoonist has also tried to bring this issue to plain view, Robert Cruikshank
has drawn the horrors within a factory and the truth about how children were treated.
This graphical evidence is not something a mother or father could ignore, especially
when their child is at a place like these regularly. Another example of bringing the
casualties to the attention of you, Ladies and gentlemen, is Elizabeth Bently who came
all the way from Leeds to help publicise this travesty. She gathered as many harmed
children as she could, whether it was through being caught in a machine or hit by the
overseer and managed to take a photo. My
community and I both believe it is not, and the violence towards the children of London,
is in fact abuse. Abusive behaviour is not the way forward we have come up with a few
alternative punishments which are non-violent. Instead of hitting, whipping or dunking
children in ice cold water, you could let them give official warnings to lose jobs, not pay
them for a week, or give them a reduced wage.
Alanah
Leading on from Abuse, we would like to touch lightly on the health and safety of the
employees, those in which agree to work in conditions which are unsafe, just to gain
money for their families, to stop them dying of starvation. Norman Pue was involved in

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how dangerous working in a factory could be. Also how low the health and safety levels
are at. These men and women go to work to earn money not to lose limbs or break
bones. Norman Pue now sweeps dust from the floor, eventually his health will suffer
and he will have signs of a bent over back this would lead to quitting his job in the
factory due to pain and being incapable of working.…read more

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­ because she is six her mother had to pay. This meant that her
family went hungry that week as they could not afford to buy any more bread. Being
fined for being unclean is an outrage! How can these children be expected to be clean
when they work in conditions beyond our beliefs? Both of these children were fined
money they could not afford and for things that were hugely unfair.…read more

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Having
unhygienic food causes illness and sometimes death, which employers do not like, and
do not want happening. Ways in which the employer could improve food qualities are by
getting a table in which the workers can sit around to eat at, having food in which is
clean and within a non-bacterial date, and healthy food, which is kept away from the
work place!
Alanah
The factory employs children from the minimum age of 6 years.…read more

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This is a real upstart to their lives and should be
encouraged.
A lot of them have some harsh factory rules but there has been sources saying that a
man called Richard Arkwright is building small homes for his staff, churches and
expects his child workers to receive a basic amount of education. Other owners are not
as charitable as these people because they believe that the workers at their factories
should be grateful for having a job.…read more

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John Doherty says, "Obviously we want kids to make good
decisions, and if left unsupervised, we don't want them going down the
wrong path." Supervision is needed, help and guidance, discipline and punishment,
but only to help these children in the great lives they could lead. Thank you.…read more

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