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or Bench Man


Wages & Working Hours

According to the Scottish Mineral Oil Association Agreement of 1912, Benchers over the age of 21 were paid 5s 7d per shift. Benchers under the age of 21 were paid 2s 11d per shift at age 14-15 rising in increments to 4s per shift at age 20-21.

In 1958, according to an Agreement Between the Scottish Shale Oil Companies and the National Union of Shale Miners & Oil Workers, underground workers worked an 11 day fortnight averaging 40.5 hours per week.


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