Gas stokers' plea for clemency, 1873

This document is a 'memorial' to the Home Secretary from five men who were imprisoned for their part in the London gas stokers' strike of 1872. The men believed they had been engaged in a 'legal exercise of their rights of combination for the protection of labour'. However, the trial judge ruled that the threat to strike in order to get an employer to reinstate a worker victimised for trade union activity was still a criminal conspiracy in common lawGlossary - opens new window.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/9326/18243, no. 28 (1873)

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