13 February 2019

13th February 1919 - Strike over asylum hours


On the 13th February 1919 there were reports in a number of newspapers when the male and female attendants at Limerick Asylum went on strike owing to a dispute about hours of labour. The Asylum Board Committee proposed a fifty-six hour week with time and half for overtime, but this was refused. Tradesmen working at the asylum also went on strike in support. Over 600 patients were looked after by head officials with whatever assistants they could secure.

There appear to be a number of labour disputes on this date. At about the same time reports say engineers had secured a 47 hour week. The Hull Daily commented "There are over 600 patients in the institution. These are wondering which are the mentally deficient."

Thankyou to the British Newspaper Archive for this date and the details.

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