Sunday, May 04, 2008

1912: Strike at Wilson's Bobbin Works, leading to the 'Garston Riots'

On 4th May 1912, a strike began at Wilson's Bobbin Works in the Garston area of Liverpool. The dispute was to last until August, and won widespread support from the local community, resulting in riots when scab labour was brought in to cross the picket lines.

Less than a year before, Liverpool had seen its own mini general strike, centred on the docks and transport, which had paralysed the city's commerce for much of the summer, and caused massive police brutality. The two thousand bobbin workers - many of whom were female - must have taken great inspiration from this struggle.

Click here for the full article from Nerve magazine.
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