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- n. A worker who is paid according to the number of units of work produced.
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Also une pigiste = pieceworker, typesetter, freelance journalist who is paid by the line
The pieceworker with more satisfaction to himself and profit to the world will produce far more than he would turn out under a daily wage if his earnings are thereby increased.
The manager's term of employment is longer, but the professional pieceworker, such as I am when I write this article, has usually no contracted term, and is only paid for actual work done.
The whole trend of circumstance is to substitute science for mere rote skill in him, to demand initiative and an intelligent self-adaptation to new discoveries and new methods, to make him a professional man and a job and pieceworker after the fashion of the great majority of professional men.
Scientifically speaking, the author is a pieceworker, whose productiveness is fitful and temporary.