Table 3 Average weekly earnings, Sunshine Harvester Works, July 1938
|Adult award wage
earnings by piece
|Sheet iron machining||90||106||63|
|Drilling and turning||80*||96||73|
|Cutting and punching||90*||106||76|
|Gate shop||not available||98||67|
Sources: The earnings and proportion of work on piece are computed from Factory Payroll Report 1938/39. The award wages were calculated from rates given in the 1936 award for adult workers. The earnings column includes juniors and apprentices.
*These categories are based on the rates for machinists.
Excerpt from a letter written by Sunshine Harvester works superintendent George McKay to the Melbourne Argus, 19 September 1922
The short facts are that the work done by girls is in this case more satisfactory than it was when the boys did it. The girls are more careful, and produce a better quality of work. The rates of pay are similar, and they take better care of the machines. There is also less waste of time and material. As for the nature of the work, it is not arduous, and certainly not dirtier than that of the housewife, who washes overalls and other soiled garments. As for the motive alleged by the objectors, that is purely gratuitous assumption.