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Brindle

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Does anyone have any knowledge what the average wage was for a Longbridge factory worker was in the mid 1950s? I see that in 1956 an Austin A35 would cost  541 638  That was a lot of money I assume for the average man.

Edmund Fifield

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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2020, 03:45:21 PM »
Hi Brindle,Dont know about Longbridge, but as a track feeder at P S F Cas Brom I got 32 for a44 hour week .That was with 4 hours overtime.
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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2020, 04:47:20 PM »
in 1963  the wage at Longbridge  for a track worker was about 18 per week plus bonus would take it up to about 30 per week      I worked at Longbridge about this time I was sparking   5 nights used to pay me about 37 for a  43 hour week   but at that time I never got a full week in work 
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Brindle

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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2020, 04:51:46 PM »
Thanks Edmund for that information. My brothers and sisters are in a debate as to how much my father earned around 1956 as a factory line  'press' operator (whatever that involved) at Longbridge. I seem to recall that he was earning something in the region of 20 a week. He possible could have been earning a little more. Difficult to find this kind of information. Thank you for your feed back.

Brindle

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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2020, 04:56:38 PM »
Thanks Roy and Edmund for the information. This is a long shot but has anyone got any inkling of what someone would be paid in compensation if they lost a finger or part of a finger in an accident whilst operating a press at that time? My father lost the end of his little finger and he was paid a sum in compensation. We're curious as to what kind of compensation culture existed way back then.

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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2020, 05:03:16 PM »
depends what hand it was and what digit and if you was left handed or right   if it was your own fault  nothing  b fingers 200 per joint thumb 400   
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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2020, 05:06:59 PM »
Thanks Roy, you are a mind of information. I had been trying to find that out on Google. Without success.

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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2020, 05:18:23 PM »
each case is different there is a lot of variables  a friend  lost his thumb and the next finger to it in a power press  he was on peace work so he took the safety guard  off      he lost half of what he should have got  but he should have not been able to take the guard off
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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2020, 05:58:13 PM »
Brindle my time at PSF was 1969-79 .69 track feeding  on the Mini but got made up to Semi Skilled Spot Welder on the Jaguar  in 72.
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Re: Average wage for a Longbridge worker during the decade 1950/1960
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2020, 06:10:45 PM »
Thanks for the information. My brothers and sister are curious as to what my father did. He had numerous jobs and we are trying to piece together a jigsaw of what he did at various times. The younger children remember that he regarded Austin's Longbridge as well paid. We assume that after his accident he didn't return there. But that's speculation. He did a multitude of jobs ranging from working as a delivery driver for Hawleys, delivery driver at the Whole Sale Fruit and Vegetable Market in the City Centre, a door to door salesman selling vacuums, coal man, and invariably worked as a barman at the Maypole in the evenings and weekends. He had a window cleaning round around 1961.
He was a milkman during the 2nd World War delivering milk in a horse and cart.