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Blue Rinse and Starch - 1945 Laundress Strike

In 1945, women laundry workers went on strike for a second week's holiday. The strike took place in the summer of 1945; it involved over 1,500 workers, affected 14 laundries in Dublin city and lasted over 13 weeks. (1995)

Blue Rinse and Starch - 1945 Laundress Strike

In 1945, women laundry workers went on strike for a second week’s holiday. The strike took place in the summer of 1945 and it lasted over 13 weeks.  It involved around 1,500 workers and affected 14 laundries in Dublin.

This documentary tells the story of the laundress strike. We hear from some of the women about the kind of work they did, the conditions, the pay and the social life they had from working there.

Presented by Mary Phelan.

First Broadcast 13th December 1995

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