Reforms to help the working class

Workmen's Compensation Act, 1906

Details and successes

  • all employees could now receive compensation for injuries sustained and certain diseases contracted at work

Limitations

  • it was difficult and costly to prove the liability of employers
  • many cases could not be brought to court without trade union support

Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1908

Details and successes

  • maximum working day for miners set at 8 hours

Limitations

  • this limit only applied to miners and not other workers in the mines

Trade Boards Act, 1909

Details and successes

  • set up boards to negotiate minimum wage in box-making, lace-making, chain-making and tailoring trades
  • 200,000 workers benefited

Limitations

  • no attempt made to define what the 'minimum wage' was

Shops Act, 1911

Details and successes

  • shop workers granted a weekly half-day holiday
  • maximum working week for shop workers set at 60 hours
  • washing facilities to be provided in every shop.

Limitations

  • only a half-day per week was guaranteed