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THE HOUSE OF PERNOD AND SONS
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even pays the premiums itself without making the workmen
pay into the pool.
xxxx The effective working day is fixed at 11 hours; the
minimum wage is 20 centimes per hour for women and 30
centimes per hour for men.
xxxx Work is suspended all day on Sunday.
xxxx No effort is spared to improve working conditions and to
avoid accidents.
xxxx Two collections are taken each day for personnel to also
have the benefit of Christmas gifts at the end of the year.
xxxx Every summer an excursion open to all personnel is
organized at the expense of the firm to an interesting town or
to some picturesque site. A band recruited almost exclusively
from among the workmen of the establishment brightens these
outings and contributes at all times to the esprit de corps which
is in any case very strong; the workers of the Pernod factory
regard themselves as privileged to belong to a firm which
assures them of such benefits. Therefore recruitment could not
be easier; applications are always numerous and the firm
suffers only the embarrassment of having to choose from
among the crowds of candidates who show up.
xxxx There have never been strikes in the House of Pernod
and Sons.
xxxx Commonality of interest has rendered the rapport
between owners and workers cordial and easy. Time and time
again, without any false modesty, the workmen have seized the
opportunity to express to their bosses their appreciation for the
good policies of which they are the object.

(Translated by "Artemis" for your pleasure.)




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