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Anniversary of match women’s strike


125 years ago, in July 1888, workers at the Bryant and May factory in East London went on strike in protest against dangerous working conditions, poor pay and their employer’s bullying behaviour. 


The 1,400 striking workers were mainly women, and it is now known that women instigated and organised this industrial action that led to the Great Dock Strike of 1889, which in turn played a significant role in the creation of the Labour Party in 1900.  

Dawn Primarolo, Labour MP for Bristol South, commented:

“The brave actions of these women 125 years ago have provided a lasting inspiration for those of us who continue to campaign for equality and other matters of social justice today – their legacy should not be forgotten.”

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