An effervescence of youth: female textile-workers’ strike activity in Dundee,1911-1912

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    The “‘Great” Labour Unrest’ has been extensively and systematically researched and for generations has engendered much debate and controversy within labour and working-class historiography. But beyond the Clydeside region of West Scotland, the broader Scottish dimension of the labour unrest of 1910 to 1914 has largely been neglected and (with a few notable exceptions) so too has the role of women workers. A century after the outbreak of the Labour Unrest this article revisits a strike-wave that historians have rather neglected during the last twenty years. By examining strike activity in the Dundee textile industry, and comparing this with the actions and activities of workers in other leading textile districts in Scotland, this article examines an intensive and prolonged period of strike activity between 1911 and 1912 from the firm perspective of the female textile workers in Dundee.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-221
    Number of pages33
    JournalHistorical Studies in Industrial Relations
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventA la redécouverte de la " Grande Fièvre Ouvrière " (1911-1914) - Paris 13 & Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle) Universities, Paris, France
    Duration: 15 Sept 201116 Sept 2011


    • Labour History
    • Labour Unrest
    • Female Trade Unionism
    • Female Textile Workers


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