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Title: Mondays without dread: the trade union response to byssinosis in the Lancashire cotton industry in the twentieth century
Authors: Tweedale, Geoffrey
Bowden, Sue
Citation: Social history of medicine, 2003, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 79-95
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: Jan-2003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2173/84434
DOI: 10.1093/shm/16.1.79
PubMed ID: 4598818
Additional Links: http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/
Abstract: Trade unions have often been criticized for their failure to address occupational health issues. This article explores their response to byssinosis—a chronic respiratory disease caused by exposure to cotton dust that was rife in the Lancashire cotton industry in the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using the archives of the cardroom and spinning unions, it is demonstrated that trade union efforts to combat byssinosis began before the First World War and were sustained for over 70 years. During that period, byssinosis became a recognized medical condition and a compensatable disease, due in no small measure to the trade unions campaigning tirelessly for better dust control, compensation for all affected workers, and more medical research.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: This metadata relates to an article accepted for publication in Social History of Medicine following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, 2003, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 79-95 is available online at: http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/
Keywords: Byssinosis
Cotton
Trade unions
Occupational health
Compensation
Respiratory disease
Pneumoconiosis
ISSN: 0951-631X
1477-4666
Appears in Collections: International Business Unit

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