The Bridport wildcat strike, 1912 - Steven Johns

The Bridport wildcat strikers

A very brief account of the wildcat strike of women workers in Bridport, Dorset.

On either 14 or 15 February, 1912, a group of women workers in the Gundry's net and rope factory walked out on unofficial strike against changes to their pay and conditions.

The Bridport News reported on February 16, 1912 that women strikers marched through the streets of Bridport singing the suffragette anthem 'Shoulder to Shoulder', with the protest documented by local photographer Clarence Austin.

A collection to support the strikers raised nearly £10 (£650 in today's money).

1912 photograph by Clarence Austin

The workers refused arbitration from the local MP, and only return to work after a London trades union official came down, signed them up and settled the dispute.

In 2015, local women formed the Bridport Wildcats and re-enacted the dispute. They congregated in Bucky Doo Square and marched down West Street, waving protest banners and singing on their way to the site of the former Gundry's factory, which is now Amsafe.

2015 reconstruction of a 1912 photograph



Feb 15 2016 13:58

Interesting. Tanks