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Biographical entry Robertson, Helen

Trade Union - Official


Helen Robertson, a Governor of the Homeopathic Hospital in 1902, founded the Tailoresses' Union in 1880. Mrs. Robertson was a leader of the 1882 Tailoresses' strike, the first women's strike, which successully prevented clothing manufacturers reducing the wages of already poorly paid workers and led to a Parliamentary Inquiry into "sweated" labour.

Ross G. Elford