Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Fish, Doris, 1904 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery clerk
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief outline of family background up to arrival in Leicester to attend commercial school on New Walk, then join Wolsey to deal with wages. Describes pay, hours, work. Comments on strike due to Bedaux time and motion study, stating machanics were smuggled into factory. Mentions having higher pay during Second World War (WW2), putting documents in cellar when sirens sounded. Brief mention of Burroughs calculating machine, not being allowed to use ball point pens. Mentions staff meals at De Montfort Hall, outings, married women being allowed to work after WW2, women taking men's jobs, wages being low in 1930s. Describes work when in charge of eight women, late hours to get tax returns finished in April. Brief mention of Highfields area.
Place of birth: Northampton
Education: Lemington, Warwickshire
Marital Status: Single, Children: None
Father's Occupation: Electrician
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 17/6/1988
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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