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The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IVThe Irish Book in English, 1800-1891$
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James H. Murphy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780198187318.001.0001

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Workers in Printing and Bookbinding

Workers in Printing and Bookbinding

(p.88) 7 Workers in Printing and Bookbinding
The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume IV

Charles Benson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the workers of the Irish printing and bookbinding industries in the nineteenth century. Their main concerns were the availability of work, the maintenance of wage levels, and the reduction in working hours. Trade unions became a powerful force to secure these objectives. The discussions include the establishment of the Dublin Typographical Provident Society in 1827 and the Bookbinders’ Consolidated Union in the 1830s as well as patterns of employment and wages for male and female workers.

Keywords:   printing industry, bookbinding industry, journeymen, employees, trade unions, employment, wages

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