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Sarah Chapman and the Matchgirl's Strike

March 13, 2018

There is a campaign for a memorial to Sarah Chapman, one of the leaders of the matchgirls strike at the Bryant and May match factory in Bow, East London.

Sarah is ringed in red in this photo.

The strike came about because of the "white slavery " practised by the factory owners. Bryant & May took 20% dividends and yet paid their workers ‘starvation wages’.

In 2000 their ground breaking action was memorialised by Lemn Sissay in a permanent poetry installation on the Olympic Park, 'Spark Catchers', celebrating the pioneering industrial action of the women and girls who, in 1888,  went on the first un-unionised strike against poor working conditions, which helped spark a social revolution changing working conditions across Britain.

Hear the inspirational Lemn Sissay talking about 'Spark Catchers':  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vi_a0Xkddk

There will be a memorial walk in London in July, to celebrate 130 years since the strike victory.

  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ matchgirls-130th-anniversary- memorial-walk-tickets- 43128736211

For info about the campaign;   samdearman0411@gmail.com

Petition:          Sarah Chapman

For the full story see -  Matchgirl’s Strike of 1888_05032018.pdf