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piecework

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːswəːk
 
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Definition of piecework in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Work paid for according to the amount produced: workers did piecework at home [as modifier]: he was paid on a piecework basis
More example sentences
  • By the 1930s, British factory owners had worked out their own variants of labour control which featured piecework incentives combined with the use of skilled labour.
  • Taylor assumed that piecework incentives would discourage opportunism because workers would be motivated to maximize their earnings.
  • It turns out that prevailing piecework rates worked out to less than the minimum wage, so it's hardly surprising that people didn't want to take them.

Derivatives

pieceworker

1
noun
Example sentences
  • These pieceworkers are hired to perform work at a job site such as installing drywall or tape to a particular number of homes.
  • Mexicans were horrified to learn that perishing inside those structures were hundreds of hyperexploited seamstresses and other pieceworkers crammed into more than 500 illegal sweatshops.
  • He sees the writer beginning as a cultural worker, a pieceworker in a cottage industry, who must enter into a ‘fiduciary’ relationship with agents and publishers, middlemen, in order to find an audience and earn a living.

Words that rhyme with piecework

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