The 'quicksand society'
- The majority of new workers were peasants: by 1932, 50% of the labour force was made up of peasants
- If the peasants could find a better offer of work, lodgings and food elsewhere, they moved on
- There was a phenomenal turnover of labour: in the coal industry in 1930, the average worker moved jobs 3 times a year
- Ex-peasants found it difficult to adapt to factory work as they lacked basic skills of timekeeping and punctuality
- In 1931, it was estimated that less than 7% of…