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November 22, 1900

BLSP02Nearly 3,000 quarry workers in northern Wales walk out of Penrhyn Quarrry on strike over union recognition and other issues and are subsequently locked out for three years. Scabs and police eventually broke the strike and most of the workers returned to work in 1903, their issues unresolved.

November 4, 1839

ImageThousands march on Newport, Wales, to demand the release of imprisoned Chartist leader Henry Vincent and others.  More than 20 people died and 50 were injured in the ensuing battle with the military.   Hundreds of Chartists were arrested; leaders of the Newport Rising were found guilty of treason.  Chartism was the first modern mass labor movement in England; its central issue was universal suffrage for men.

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