By Michael Wilson in Resources, Workers Inquiries Posted September 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm WORKERS INQUIRY: Variation on Marx (1880) Adaptation of 1880 publication by Karl Marx titled "A Workers Inquiry." Job SpecificsWhat is your position?Describe the specialty in which you are engaged. Describe not only the technical side, but the muscular and nervous strain required, and its general effect on your health.Do you supervise other employees, outside contractors or volunteers?State the number of persons employed in your department.State the number of overseers and other employees who are not rank and file hired workers.State the names of the board of directors and administrative directors of the company.How important are volunteers to the functioning of your department?EssentialVery importantImportantSomewhat importantUnimportantApart from the usual and regularly employed workers, are there others who come in at definite seasons?YesNoState details as to the division of labor in your workplace.State the number of hours you work daily.State the number of days you work per week.Total hours worked per week:What breaks are there during the working day?Do you feel comfortable taking breaks?YesNoHow many miles do you commute to work?How much time do you spend commuting per day?What agreements have you with your employer? Are you engaged by the day, week, month, etc.?What conditions are laid down regarding dismissals or leaving employment?Do you have a guarantee of employment or a contract for a particular duration?YesNoIs your work permanent or temporary?PermanentTemporaryDo you receive additions to your wages for overtime? How much?What is the amount of your wages per day?Are wages paid entirely in money, or in some other form?If you are provided lodging from your employer, on what conditions? Is the rent from your wages?Do you feel comfortable speaking your mind at work?YesNoWorkplace ConditionsIs the workplace overcrowded with machinery?YesNoAre there particular effluvia in your workplace which are harmful for the health and produce specific diseases among the workers?Is first-aid organized and available in your workplace?YesNoAre adequate safety measures in place to prevent accidents?YesNoMention the accidents which have taken place in your personal knowledge.Are there sufficient safety precautions against fire and other hazards?YesNoDescribe the hygienic conditions in the workplace; the size of the rooms, space allotted to every worker, ventilation, temperature, lavatories, general cleanliness, noise of machinery, metallic dust, dampness, etc.ExpensesWhat are your total monthly expenses for food?What are your total monthly expenses for clothing?What are your total monthly expenses for other necessities?What are your total monthly expenses for housing/utilities?What are your total monthly expenses for transportation?What are your total monthly expenses for healthcare?Total Monthly Expenditures on Necessities:Organizational Policies Towards the WageDescribe wage increases (or a lack thereof) during so-called prosperity periods.Compare the price of the services you render with the price of your labor.Quote any cases known to you of workers being driven out as a result of introduction of machinery or other improvements.In connection with the development of machinery and the growth of the productiveness of labor, has its intensity and duration increased or decreased?Do you know of any cases of increases in wages as a result of improvements in production?YesNoHave you ever known any rank and file workers who could retire from employment at the age of 50 and live on the money earned by them as wage workers?YesNoWorkers' AssociationsDo any workers' associations exist in your trade and how are they led?Have any worker-led actions (occupations, strikes, slow-downs, etc) taken place in your trade that you are aware of?YesNoPlease describe these worker-led actions:Were they for the object of increasing wages, or were they organized to resist a reduction of wages, or connected with the length of the working day, or prompted by other motives?What were their results?Were worker actions in your organization ever supported by actions of workers belonging to other organizations?Are there in your workplace or trade any friendly societies to provide for accidents, sickness, death, temporary incapacity, old age, etc.? Describe.What are the general physical, intellectual and moral conditions of life of the working men and women employed in your trade?