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By John Lynch

The urban of Belfast has a tendency to be mentioned when it comes to its uniqueness from the remainder of eire, an commercial urban in an agricultural nation. although, compared to one other 'British' commercial port corresponding to Bristol it's the similarities instead of the diversities which are amazing. while those towns are in comparison with Dublin, the contrasts turn into much more painfully obvious. This ebook seeks to discover those contrasting city centres firstly of the 20th century.

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The city had a branch of the National Union of Boot and Shoe Riveters and Finishers from that body's foundation in December 1873. In 1886 there were only 276 members although the industry employed over 4000. The union appears initially to have been fairly moderate in its dealing with the employers. R & F) has been marked by wise moderation and forethought, and as a result of their labours it may be said that they have been successful in protecting, in a very competitive year, their wages from reduction, and in many cases with the employers have mutually negotiated concessions of advance in wages on some classes of goods, without strikes or bad feelings.

52 Wrigley shows that between 1896 and 1921 the proportion offemale union membership as compared to the potential membership was only 25--45 per cent of the figure for men. 53 However in both Bristol and Belfast female participation in the labour force was well above the UK average and major industries were Trade Union Growth: a Comparison 29 dependent on cheap female labour. In Belfast, the prominence of the linen industry ensured that about 50 per cent of workers in manufacturing were female, over 70 per cent in clothing or shoes and almost 40 per cent of professionals.

In Belfast, the prominence of the linen industry ensured that about 50 per cent of workers in manufacturing were female, over 70 per cent in clothing or shoes and almost 40 per cent of professionals. In Bristol 65-70 per cent of workers in clothes and shoes, 55-70 per cent of food processing and 30--40 per cent of retail workers were women. 54 The trade unionists in these cities may not have felt much fraternal unity but they could not ignore women. However, like all unskilled labour, 'organising' female labour presented problems.

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