Wives on Strike

Published: 28 June 1913

The Leitrim Observer reports that a new trade union has been formed in Croydon, London. It is called the National Homemakers' Union and will be comprised of housewives; their demands include an eight hour day and minimum wages. The Observer is concerned that if a man returns home late and asks for his supper, he will be told that the housewives union does not permit overtime and he will have to prepare his own food. The paper concludes by asking ‘Is this one union too many?’

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