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Are charitable institutions undermining women’s jobs in Irish laundries?
Laundry in Armagh in 1911 Photo: Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

Are charitable institutions undermining women’s jobs in Irish laundries?

Dublin, 22 September 1917 - A conference held in Dublin’s Gresham Hotel has discussed the various challenges confronting the commercial laundry industry in Ireland.

Over 90 per cent of the industry was said to have been represented at the conference, which heard how changes in industrial conditions resulting from the war had transformed the sector.

Industry representatives also pointed to the impact on workers’ wages arising from the activities of laundries run by charitable institutions. Many speakers urged that it was in the interest of their business to have their employees adequately paid as their working capacity improved accordingly.

It was decided to form a committee to approach the authorities responsible for these institutional laundries to arrange for a conference to discuss a ‘friendly working arrangement to apply to all Ireland’.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.