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Definition of Statute of labourers

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Social Work in Canada
Famine and the Black Plaque combined with the possibility of vagrancy and beggary resulted in a labour shortage. There were not enough workers for the weaving trade. It was the labour shortage which prompted the establishment, in 1349, of this first piece of English social welfare legislation. When we examine the elements of The Statute of Labourers, it becomes apparent that present-day Welfare remains linked to the past by these same ideas.
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The Statute of Labourers was a law created by the English parliament under King Edward III in 1351 in response to a labour shortage, designed to suppress the labor force by prohibiting increases in wages and prohibiting the movement of workers from their home areas in search of improved conditions. It was poorly enforced and did not stop the rise in wages.

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