Weights and Measures

*At each nitrate works there shall be a balance and a bar placed outdoors alongside the company store to compare weights and measures.”

Quoted above is a demand of the workers in the 1907 “18 Pence Strike.” This name referrs to the amount of a wage for a particular mining workers.

Another demand was *While the tokens are being abolished and pay is starting to be given in legal tender, each oficina, its Manager representing it and pledging compliance, shall agree to accept tokens from every other oficina on a par with its own, paying a fine of 50,000 pesos for every refusal to do so.”

The organization of workers is one of the patrimonies from Humberstone and other Saltpeter Villages referred to by the World Heritage committee.

The “bar and balance” of the quoted demand is a scale. The balance scale, below, is from our day visiting Humberstone.

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Wikipedia: “Santa MarĂ­a School massacre.”


Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works World Heritage page

The Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works site (Chile), removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger/

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