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What were the working conditions like in the 1900's in Russia?

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Before 1750, Workers worked in their homes and they were able to start and stop work whenever they wanted but then it all changed when people started to work in factories, Not only men but women and worked in factories under hot, Damp, Dirty, Dangerous conditions for long hours, for a pay of almost nothing. Normal shifts were 12-14 hours a day. Workers were often required to clean their machine during mealtime and employers sometimes used to change the clock time so they can get a few minutes extra out of their workers.

The weekly wage for a mean during the time was 15 shillings (15p), but women and children were paid much lower wages, with women earning 7 shillings (35p) and children 3 shillings (15p), for this reason employers preferred to employ women and children so they can be paid less.

Cotton threads had to be spun at less than 70ºF, The air was full of dust which led to many cases of Chest and

Lung diseases and loud noises made by the machines damaged workers hearing. Some employers even paid their workers in tokens which were to be used in the employer's shop in which the price of an item was expensive. Fines were imposed for things like talking or whistling or even leaving the room without permission or having a little dirt on the machines, it was claimed that employers would alter the clock to make their workers late so they could fine them.

Forcing children to crawl into dangerous and unguarded machines, often when they were so tired that they would fall asleep on their feet which led to many accidents. Women and children were easily bullied. One witness claimed that he had seen an iron bar driven straight though the cheek of a girl, other punishment including hanging weights hanging them from the roof in baskets, nailing a children's ear to the table, and drowning them in cold water to keep them awake.

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