The Leeds Corporation Strike in 1913

  • J. E. Williams


Agreat deal of attention has very properly been focused on the lock-out of the Leeds gasworkers in 1890 as a landmark in the development of the ‘new unionism’.1 The Leeds municipal strike of 1913, with the gasworkers again as its spearhead, was another local dispute which assumed national importance. It was, in a sense, the logical outcome of the events of 1890, but developments both in the labour movement and in society at large had been rapid since 1890 with the result that the dispute of 1913 posed new problems, more familiar to the trade unionist of today than those which faced the gasworkers in 1890.


Collective Bargaining City Council Wage Increase General Labourer Special Committee 
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  1. 9.
    Arthur Greenwood, ‘The Leeds Municipal Strike’, Economic Journal, xxiv (1914), pp. 138–9.Google Scholar
  2. 86.
    M.E. Sadler, ‘Note on Mr Greenwood’s Article on the Leeds Municipal Strike’, Economic Journal, xxiv (1914), p. 147.Google Scholar
  3. 88.
    See a letter, ‘Leeds Incident’, by Mr William Pickles, The Times, 10 May 1968.Google Scholar
  4. 114.
    A.N. Shimmin, The University of Leeds: The First Half-Century (1954), p. 40.Google Scholar

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© J. E. Williams 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

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