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'The Greg's were outstanding examples of the best employers of their time.'

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'The Greg's were outstanding examples of the best employers of their time.' The Greg's were better than most employers of their time as they were good to their workers. They knew that if they were good to their workers, they would get a better quality of work from them. If their workers were healthy and happy the Greg's knew they would work faster making more of a profit for them. With their workers being happy there was no chance of a strike which meant their profit was always increasing. The Greg's were better employers than most because of how they ran their mill compared to other employers. All mills needed children to work as there was a shortage of workers and children had small, nimble fingers which were needed in the mill. The pauper apprentices at Styal were provided with an apprentice house which had a superintendent and his wife to look after them. Unlike other mills where the pauper apprentices sometimes had to sleep on the mill floor or very nearby the mill owner. The apprentice house split up the girls and boys dormitories where there were two to a bed. Other mills which housed apprentices didn't split the girls and boys up and they didn't provide anyone to look after them. ...read more.


The boys were taught reading, writing and basic arithmetic whilst the girls were taught reading and writing. This was unlike the other mills of this time who only wanted the children to be able to do their jobs. They didn't care whether or not they could read or write. The Greg's paid their workers lower wages than those of the nearby Manchester. This was because the workers in Styal had cheaper food and rent than those workers in Manchester. Other mills paid their workers more than the Greg's but they had to pay a higher rent. The mills used the truck system, the Greg's as well. The Greg's took the price of things directly off their wages. Many mill owners adulterated their food so that they could make a higher profit; the Greg's didn't do this. Most of the mill owners who used the truck system gave their workers tokens to spend in a factory shop. The tokens were totally worthless outside that factory and the mill owners priced the food as high as they wanted; they knew the workers didn't have a choice but to go there for their food. The Greg's built a village for their workers at Styal. Each family was provided with a cottage. The cottages had four rooms; 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs. ...read more.


There were also special lessons on cleanliness and looking after yourself. Robert Owen also had concerts, lectures and dancing for his workers each week. Owen was also very ahead of his time. Both Owen and the Greg's can be seen as outstanding employers of their time. The Greg's were better than most employers of their time. They understood the importance of children having an education. They also understood the concern for clean and healthy living and working conditions. The Greg's also made sure all their workers were sufficiently fed and in good health. The Greg's made sure they were seen in a good light by the public. When the Greg's had interviews they would show the interviewer around the mill, but Mr.Greg would always be present so he knew exactly what his workers were saying about him. He knew that if he was present his workers wouldn't be able to give the journalist any bad impressions about him. The journalists couldn't find any faults with him when giving an interview. The Greg's knew that if they were good to their workers their workers would be happier and therefore produce more cotton of a higher quality. As long as he was good to his workers there was no need to worry about them going on strike which meant he would have a continuous supply of cotton to sell; giving him a bigger profit. Sarah Wilson ...read more.

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