The Matchgirls' Strike

The Matchgirls' Strike

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Among the walls of a factory in London women fought bravely. These were the workers of Irish descent that were forced to leave their country due to famine, these were the women who were hungry for a better life – the humble souls who didn’t accept the status quo – who only wanted to demand what they deserve.

They lived with fear of having their wages cut, losing their jobs and adhering to high demands with low pay and poor conditions. And when they tried to stand against their management, all fellow Irish women understand that they must push harder to demand their rights, they realized they have an enormous strength and will in changing their lives forever. There were no conditions they could accept, starting from having their shifts extended, their breaks cut, unfair dismissals, and wages lowered due to lateness – to fight the horrendous working conditions and create more suitable workplace and condition themselves and for women to come.

With the support of the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation, fellow Irishwomen intensify their fight against the management and bring them to one table to negotiate. With the will to create the very first Working Women’s Union in history their influence is largely felt amongst women for decades.

 

Page count: 94

Size: 117x111mm

Language: English, Irish, Cockney