Definition of unwaged in English:



  • 1(of a person) out of work or doing unpaid work.

    ‘unwaged adults claiming income support’
    • ‘The priority will be to accommodate international and unwaged delegates.’
    • ‘According to him, many unwaged Russians survive on handouts from friends and relatives, subsistence agriculture, casual labour, petty trading or petty crime.’
    • ‘These courses are subsidised for people who are unwaged.’
    • ‘Organisations representing the elderly and unwaged have already registered protests, but wonder if their voices will be heard and listened to.’
    • ‘The ‘volunteers to work the dispatch’ are actually unwaged women working from their homes.’
    • ‘A 70% reduction in costs is available for unwaged persons with less than upper secondary education and pensioners with non-means tested allowances.’
    • ‘There is another significant limit to any discussion of unwaged or underwaged labor, welfare-to-work or workfare, as ‘alienated labor’ in the Marxian sense.’
    • ‘Isn't it time the British music industry and their promoters got less greedy, especially as some of their main customers are unwaged kids and students?’
    • ‘In the meantime, the Club continued to operate with unwaged women working from their homes managing the driver/rider matching and dispatch service, and overseeing the day-to-day administration of the Club.’
    • ‘Tickets may be obtained from Sinnott's, Michael Street or on the door, costing, €7, concessions of €5 for OAPs, students, unwaged and children.’
    • ‘A reduction in fees of 70% is also available to those people who are unwaged and who do not qualify for free fees as outlined above.’
    • ‘The courses offered are free to those who are unemployed, with reduced rates for those who are unwaged.’
    • ‘The project is run daily from 10.30 am to 4.15 pm and the cost per teenager is £12 for unwaged families and £14 for waged families.’
    • ‘That is not to say that the government should not address the issues identified by Cassells: unwaged and low-paid people need to be protected from the rising costs of child care, housing and public transport.’
    • ‘Coaches will leave Otley Civic Centre at 7am and cost is £17 for the waged and £10 for the unwaged.’
    • ‘Welfare Warriors have created two ‘Bills for Billy’ for unwaged workers to complete to calculate how much money the government owes them for their unpaid labor.’
    • ‘In Ireland, Women in Media of Galway, with the National Women's Council of Ireland, are organizing a petition drive for a national, paid, public holiday every year on February 1, St. Bridget's Day, to honor unwaged workers.’
    • ‘Cotton cloth was turned into garments by poorly paid, predominately female workers in the sweatshops of the East End of London or by unwaged housewives for their families.’
    • ‘You can register for £30, with unwaged discounts.’
    • ‘If waged and unwaged workers do not have the force to resist this tendency, then many of our number will be doomed to slave status at whatever the level of productive forces the capitalists command.’
    jobless, out of work, out of a job, not working, between jobs, workless, unoccupied, idle
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    1. 1.1 (of work) unpaid.
      ‘we are pressing for recognition of unwaged work’
      • ‘In Ecuador, The National Council of Women is holding conferences to discuss waged and unwaged domestic work.’
      • ‘Demands included welfare benefits at the European level for all women, including immigrant women, and for the government to implement the 2000 law to measure and value unwaged work.’
      • ‘First of all, none of the awarded monies was to be used to pay women who had been working up until that point in an unwaged capacity.’
      • ‘There is a second major element of the limits of ‘alienated labor’ when it comes to thinking about the disappearance of the welfare state and about unwaged, low-waged or service work.’
      • ‘Student mothers are especially over-worked because in addition to school-work they must do the unwaged work of mother everywhere.’
      • ‘A recent national study showed that women caring for ill or disabled family members in the USA contribute over $200 billion a year in unwaged work.’
      • ‘Students are workers in the university, working on unwaged schoolwork - the disciplining and socializing processes necessary to prepare them for the next 40 years of sitting in a cubicle.’