John Lynch's A Tale of Three Cities: Comparative Studies in Working-Class PDF

By John Lynch

ISBN-10: 1349145998

ISBN-13: 9781349145997

ISBN-10: 1349146013

ISBN-13: 9781349146017

The urban of Belfast has a tendency to be mentioned by way of its specialty from the remainder of eire, an commercial urban in an agricultural state. in spite of the fact that, compared to one other 'British' commercial port akin to Bristol it's the similarities instead of the variations which are unbelievable. while those towns are in comparison with Dublin, the contrasts develop into much more painfully obvious. This publication seeks to discover those contrasting city centres first and foremost of the 20 th century.

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WOMEN AND TRADE UNIONS If skilled craftsmen were unsympathetic towards the unskilled, their attitude towards female labour was almost totally negative. In 1877 the Trades Union Congress recorded in the minutes that it was 'the duty of men and husbands to bring about a condition of things when their wives would be in their proper sphere instead of being dragged into competition of livelihood with the great and strong men of the world'. 48 Attitudes changed only slowly as can be seen in the report of a conference on the position of women after the First World War.

24 Finally the General Railway Workers Union, whose inaugural conference resolved 'That the union shall remain a fighting one and not be encumbered by any sick or accident fund', affiliated 220 members to Bristol trades council in 1891. 25 These 'new' unions were to alter the composition of the trades council, for even though the miners did not join until 1898, affiliated membership of the new bodies soon outnumbered that of the craft unions. 6 By 1892 over 60 per cent of affiliated membership of Bristol's Trade Council belonged to such newly formed bodiesY In 1890 there had been 24 societies or branches affiliated; by 1898 this had increased by 160 per cent and membership was to remain at about this figure until the next great influx during the First World War.

W. Mather addressed a talk to the shop workers conference on the topic of 'Why I was dismissed' in which he quoted cases he had known. m. , gave notice. Dismissed for bringing a sandwich A Tale of Three Cities 32 Ate a plum Caught serving a customer Temporary 'Birth' Held responsible for shortage of stock while I was on holiday Alleged defiance, singing in bathroom For eating a scone at tea time - the preference for this rather than bread and butter was regarded as a personal insult Dismissed, employer doesn't quite know why.

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