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43) Female cotton weavers in Lancashire feared losing their jobs and turned to family and kin to confront weave room overlookers, called tacklers, who sexually abused them verbally and physically.
Female spinners, facing faster speeds and additional frames to tend, cursed their young tormentors among the bobbin boys but feared sexual harassment from overlookers or senior foremen.
Sam Knowles, a weaving overlooker, likened the experience of bedding them to cuddling so many "razor blades.
The Overlookers,'' which was voted best feature last month at the Canadian Filmmakers Festival in Toronto, will show at 7:30 p.
1 -- 2 -- color) Hannah Dalton and Romano Orzari appear, above, in a scene from ``The Overlookers.
40) Thus, the evidence suggests that in the new work organization women spinners and factory overlookers failed to supervise piecers and scavengers as men had, and, as a result, waste at the firm increased.
Contemporary spinning manuals commented on the failure of overlookers and managers to supervise operations.
Canadian filmmaker Christopher Warre Smets will speak about his feature ``The Overlookers,'' making its American premiere.
The cohesiveness of the komplekt frustrated the power of overlookers, made it all but impervious to the application of individual piece-rate payment, and late in the decade enabled it to reproduce itself in the politically more respectable guise of shock brigades.