Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Hornsey, William Harry, 1912 - , Interviewee, Male, Engineer;
Speaker: Carswell, Jeanne, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Details work in hosiery and engineering in Leicester from 1926, describing jobs at Wolsey, Corahs's. Talks about joining Transport and General Workers' Union, mentions a tribunal, dealing with non-union people, short time after Second World War, working on various machines at Bentley's, the shift system, joining National Union of Hosiery Workers in 1937. Describes difference between men and women's rates of pay, collecting for the union, bonuses; compares wages in 1950s with 1930s, mentions Horace Moulden. Talks of relationships with management at Perkins, Corah's. Speaker's wife then recalls childhood from 1910 in Leicester, very briefly mentioning Ramsey McDonald, pubs run by grandparents in Wharf Street area. Describes joining Wolsey, other jobs, lack of union, varying rates of pay. Mentions firms TG Hurst, Cascelloid.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 20/5/1987
Playing time: 56 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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