Topic Tuesday ~ A little about Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Matchgirls strike

8 thoughts on “Topic Tuesday ~ A little about Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Matchgirls strike”

  1. I enjoyed this very much. I knew about the Matchgirl’s strike, but not the other. The early labor union activity in this country, especially in Pittsburgh, where I grew up, had mixed results. Some famous victories and some bloody failures. The sad thing is that the pendulum might be swinging in the other direction today. Many people argue that unions became too powerful and caused problems for our economy. There may be some truth in that, but it’s not a binary issue, Not having them at all, doesn’t seem to be the best answer for many workers.

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    1. Well, it looks like Maggie Thatcher took care of the power of Unions here in Britain and quietly the actual Tory government tries the same again. I am not quite sure if the “problems” that unions seem to produce for the economy are that great. In the end, if workers have enough money they buy things which keep the economy going. I suspect it has to go both ways and is a delicate balance ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I enjoyed this very much. I knew about the Matchgirl’s strike, but not the other. The early labor union activity in this country, especially in Pittsburgh, where I grew up, had mixed results. Some famous victories and some bloody failures. The sad thing is that the pendulum might be swinging in the other direction today. Many people argue that unions became too powerful and caused problems for our economy. There may be some truth in that, but it’s not a binary issue, Not having them at all, doesn’t seem to be the best answer for many workers.

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    1. Well, it looks like Maggie Thatcher took care of the power of Unions here in Britain and quietly the actual Tory government tries the same again. I am not quite sure if the “problems” that unions seem to produce for the economy are that great. In the end, if workers have enough money they buy things which keep the economy going. I suspect it has to go both ways and is a delicate balance ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Back when I was still living in the US, some genius put out a car bumper sticker that said, “Trade Unions: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend.”
    Thanks for mentioning Annie Besant. I’ll set out to learn more about her.

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