There were roughly three women to every one man working at Butcher's. Although there were women in all the departments, there were set men's and women's jobs, sometimes due to the strength needed for a particular job. Men operated the machines and women did various supporting tasks. This division of labour was, in fact, supported by the unions.
Most of those designated as skilled workers were men and were therefore paid more than the women, but if men were new to the job, sometimes women, who actually knew the tasks very well, would take over. Women did all the inspection.