Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Dexter, Marjorie Roma, 1915 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery packer, Trade Union Representative.
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Mentions joining Woodfords, then Corah's, as packer age 14 until Second World War. Comments that union was weak before war. Talks about being suspicious of Work Study at Wolsey before war, joining union, strike at Wolsey. Outlines progress from being Miss Cattell's assistant to going to Technical College, describes how negotiations with company were carried out. Describes going to London for Trade Union Council courses, also Ruskin College. Mentions suspicious attitude of men to her. Describes duties as Union representative at Corah's, negotiating rates, training. Gives opinion on unions, their achievements. Compares pre-war conditions with those in 1975. Mentions Executive Committee, wages for dress machinists, getting her Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award.
Place of birth: Rothley, Leicestershire
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Shoe Trade
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 5/6/1987
Playing time: 32 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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