Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Holohan, Leslie, 1920 - , Interviewee, Male, Manager
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls joining Corah's, Leicester, 1935, finding that men exploited apprentices financially. Explains how system at Corah worked, how complaining didn't help. Describes different craft unions, learning about workings of unions, how wages were different for men and boys. Describes how he gained information, attended courses at Workers' Educational Association (WEA), became union president at Corah, had political ambitions, felt that unions were stagnating. Remembers being unimpressed by Trades Council. Describes ambitions for unions. Relates problems of being on management side when manager of department.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 19/6/1987
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: LO/471/421
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