Matchgirls in Bow factory
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Call for 1888 Matchgirls' strike to be taught in schools

It was an event that changed industrial relations in Britain - the London Matchgirls' strike of 1888.

1,400 women and teenagers walked out of the Bryant and May factory in Bow, east London, protesting against inhumane working conditions.

Now, more than a century later, the MP for West Ham, Lyn Brown, is calling for the strike to be made part of the national curriculum.

  • 09 Oct 2013