Biographical Text

Buttercase was labour director of the Bradford Dyers’ Association during the 1920s. He attended a number of Rowntree conferences, and gave a single paper in 1923. He gave a paper to the Association in 1926 on the economics of running a dyeing workshop, which shows some influence of ideas gleaned from the conferences.

His paper on 1923 was part of a conference themed around the issue of waste in industry, but Buttercase goes off-piste to offer his own view of what workers want and how to reduce industrial unrest. Basically, he says, workers want three things: adequate wages, economic security and an equitable division of the products of industry. He opposes profit-sharing, preferring instead a system of co-ownership which gives workers more of a stake in the business that employs them. He calls upon capital and labour both to recognise that they are part of the same community of interest.


Buttercase, T.D., ‘Dyehouse Economics’, Journal of the Society of Dyers and Colourists, May 1926, pp. 145-54.

Original Source

Lecture: ‘A practical policy for employers’, 20 April 1923, Balliol College


“BUTTERCASE, T.D,” The Rowntree Business Lectures and the Interwar British Management Movement, accessed July 16, 2020, http://rowntree.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/26.