work that is an essential part of a production process or the provision of a service: Compare indirect labour
British workers who are part of an employer's own labour force rather than hired through a contractor, such as building workers employed by a local authority
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How to use direct labour in a sentence
No one thought I stood a shadow of a chance as a direct labour candidate.From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography | George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.