Working Conditions

work was very dangerous and difficult in Britain in the 18 C

Why were working conditions so bad during the Industrial Revolution?

Working hours were long, 12-16 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week. The only breaks given were when the factory owner gave them permission.The conditions inside factorys were very dangerous, exhausted workers suffered from injuries, and even death from the unsafe machinery. A majority of the factory workers during the 18th century were women, or children as young as 5 years old.

Improvements

Ways to improve the horrible working conditions:

Workers protested low wages, long hours, unsafe conditions and constant threat of unemployment. Workers formed mutual-aid societies, which were self help groups to aid sick or injured workers. Laws were passed outlawing child labor entirely and banning the empolyment of women in mines. Workers also found comfort in religion, in the religious movement called Methodism which was influenced by the Industrial Revolution as people moved to cities and lost connections with their old churches.