Aireborough Historical Society

1887 Weavers Strike Yeadon




Title
Weavers Strike
Date April 1887
Location Yeadon
Photo ID
U498
Comment

 "Strike of Weavers at Yeadon. The weavers employed at the Old Mill, Yeadon by Messrs Alfred Brown & Brothers, to the number of nearly 50 have struck work rather than accept a reduction of wages amounting in some cases to 1s(1 shilling) and in others to 14d (old pence).

    The masters say that they are compelled to make the reduction in order to compete in the same class of goods with another Yeadon manufacturer. The hands are still out and some of the employees in other parts of the mill have also been compelled to give up work on account of the action of the weavers.

     The weavers who number about 80 in the employ of Mr Edward Denison at the Low New Mill, Yeadon have also stopped their looms and come out rather than submit to the terms which their employer offers them. The weavers contend that they will not be able to make as much money by 4s or 5s per week as they are now doing if they take the terms.

    The matter is now in the hands of the Long Lengths Committee, a body of men representing all the mills in the district, who have been appointed for the purpose of organising a trades union for this part of the district."

Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling

 

Additional text by Christine Lovedale

The Old Mill referred to was the Old Dog Mil, Eddie Denison's was Westfield Mill.
 

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