Page 9, 2nd February 1940

2nd February 1940
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Page 9, 2nd February 1940 — FROM DISTRESSED AREAS TO MILLS Bradford Wants More Girl Labour

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FROM DISTRESSED AREAS TO MILLS Bradford Wants More Girl Labour

From Our Own Correspondent


Mina in the Yorkshire textile area are working at full pressure largely as a result of War Office require. ments.

Shipley, Keighley, Bingley and other towns for several years have recruited their girl labour in the mills through the agency of Labour Exchanges in the distressed areas in oilier parts of the country. Now Bradford, the centre of the textile industry. is about to follow suit for the first time.

Bradford's Juvenile Employment Committee approved a richeme for importing girls of 16 and 17 years of age from special areas, subject to the confirmation of the education authority. Profiting by experience gained elsewhere, however, the Committee are to impose certain safeguards in the interests of the girls.

RETURN FARE TO BE PAID Employers will be required to pay the fares of girls who are transferred to work at then premises, and to pay the return fare if for any reason they are found unsuitable.

The Committee will have the supervision of the accommodation found for the girls and will provide facilities for their welfare in case of eickness or any other emergency while they are in Bradford.

The official in charge Of the Juvenile Employment Bureau informed me that it was hoped to recruit girls not only from distressed areas but SIEIO from vulnerable areas. Bradford he considered " comparatively safe."

The wages of girl-learners in the mills, he stated. average 24s. per week, " sufficient to cover cost of food, lodgings and clothing, and leave a surplus (sic) for personal use." The girls, he explained, would not be placed in hostels as in other areas, but would be placed in private lodgings, as no hostels were available.

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