Economics, Custom and the Workforce
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The ringing of a dockyard bell officially denoted both the length of the working day and the time of the mid-day lunch break. Post-war retrenchment only hit Chatham in March 1816. The Navy Board was forced to cut back levels of payment and hours worked and to begin a series of reductions in numbers employed. Workforce opposition to classification was total and unremitting. Using the petition as its chief weapon, the entire dockyard community was drawn into a major political campaign. Signs of orchestration began to appear in 1835 when a series of petitions emanated from a variety of trade groups employed in all the naval dockyards. The improvement of workplace conditions was the most important object of artificer organisation. With the object of promoting greater emulation amongst those attending the school and also for the better regulation of the latter, it has been decided to establish a system of reward and punishment.