There were many of these type of arrangements in existence, bit like the mill owners and the Cadbury Worlds supporting their own, or even the old days of the Co-op divi.
I was only reading the other day about 'overtime' and overtime payments. Instead of paying money, this was paid in 'kind'. One particular cheesemaker, use to pay his workers all the cider they could drink, with transport provided to get them home. Fancy telling someone nowadays, that was part of the job?.