23 Mar '12, 2pm

A match made in Hell

23 March, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Thinking allowed | Leave a comment Tags: London's factories On Fairfield Road, Bow stands the Bryant & May match factory, which in 1980s became one of the first industrial buildings in London to be converted into apartments when it was renamed the Bow Quarter. In the summer of 1888 what happened in this building was to change the history of the labour movement. The match girls working there were regarded as the lowest strata of society; long hours in appalling conditions, hired and fired at the will of the management, and its workers suffering dreadful industrial injuries. Bryant & May were regarded at the time as a model employer, much the same as the Cadburys, a similar Quaker employer who built for their workers the Bourneville village. The Bryant & May strike started when a Fabian journalist Annie Besant after having interviewed so...

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