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Industrial Relations in the Hosiery Industry

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Many people remember relations with the employers as being good. Although trade union membership grew during WW1, the inter-war depression saw a fall in membership, and in some small companies there was no union presence at all. The most famous dispute of this period was the Bedaux strike at Wolsey. Workers objected to the implementation of a time and motion study. With union support, 2,000 women and 1,000 men from other factories joined the strike for eight weeks between December 1931 and February 1932.


Victorious Wolsey hosiery workers outside De Monfort Hall following the ending of the strike in February 1932. With thanks to Ned Newitt.

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