Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
The jobber, known in different parts of India by different names, such as sardar, mukaddam or maistry, is almost ubiquitous in the Indian factory system and usually combines in one person a formidable series of functions. He is primarily a chargeman. Promoted from the ranks after full experience of the factory, he is responsible for the supervision of labour while at work. In a large factory, there may be a hierarchy of jobbers for this purpose, including women overseers in departments staffed by women. He has also, on many occasions, to act as assistant mechanic, and to help in keeping the machines in running order. So far as the worker is given technical training, the jobber is expected to provide it. He is not, however, merely responsible for the worker once he has obtained work; the worker has generally TO approach him to secure a job. and is nearly always dependent on him for the security of that job as well as for a transfer to a better one. Many jobbers follow the worker even further than the factory gate; they may finance him when he is in debt and he may ever be dependent on them for his housing.