A Tale of Three Cities: Comparative Studies in Working-Class by John Lynch

By John Lynch

The urban of Belfast has a tendency to be mentioned by way of its strong point from the remainder of eire, an business urban in an agricultural state. even if, compared to one other 'British' business port equivalent to Bristol it's the similarities instead of the diversities which are superb. while those towns are in comparison with Dublin, the contrasts turn into much more painfully glaring. This e-book seeks to discover those contrasting city centres first and foremost of the 20th century.

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3! 32 However, in Bristol there was a tradition of radical activity which in the 1880s became centred on the Bristol Socialist Society. This body dated from 1884 when the Radical Reform Association became an affiliate to the Social Democratic Federation. 33 In 1885 following a dispute over the London SDF's decision to nominate separate candidates in elections, which Bristolians felt favoured the Tories, the branch withdrew. 35 This body was more socialist than 'labour' in its politics although most members defined socialism in Christian rather than Marxist terms.

57 In Bristol the Women's Trade Union Association functioned between 1895 and 1901. 58 A branch of the National Union of Working Women's Union was in existence by 1876 and dissolved in 1898. 59 The weakness of female labour in the Bristol labour market was demonstrated in the memorandum of agreement covering the printing trade in 1918. Min Wage of any man, over 21, entering the trade to be 42/6; after 12 month experience 45/Women Workers The minimum rate for qualified workers of five years experience and over to be advanced by 3/- per week from Sept 30th 1918 and a further 2/- a week from the first day of January 1919, raising the rate from 25/- to 30/- per week.

Conversely, in Dublin the proportion of unskilled general labourers increased, due to the absence of an expanding industrial employment sector. By 1914 there were three very distinctive trade union movements in the cities covered by this study. Belfast had seen a revival in non-craft trade unionism but this had already faltered, leaving the powerful skilled unions in control of the labour movement. In Dublin the old craft societies had been totally eclipsed by the new Transport and General Workers Union, which despite the defeat of 1913, still dom- Trade Union Growth: a Comparison 39 inated the labour movement in the city.

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