10th Feb 1915 · 24th Mar 1915 Podcast Storyline

Workers' Rights

64 min Play story

Factory workers begin to flex their industrial muscles as the labour movement grows

  1. 10th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 4

    1. Brothers at odds

      Johnnie represents himself as the champion of the international working class against his brother's capitalist instincts and support for the status quo

    2. A discussion of class

      Intrigued, the ever-flirtatious Johnnie asks Kitty to teach him about the realities of working class life

    3. Comrades together

      Johnnie and the writer Zamyatin discuss politics and literature over vodka

    4. A drunken toast

      His discussion with Zamyatin seems to have filled Johnnie with hope for the future


  2. 13th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 5

    1. Political stirrings

      A week of work is giving Edie an awareness of unfairness and a wish to improve herself - joining the library, for instance

    2. At the meeting

      We learn a little more about Johnnie's elevated social circle and his democratic beliefs.

    3. The meeting gets heated

      The workers test their strength in the face of government inaction against stockpiles, price rises and profiteering

    4. Talking to the press

      Fraser learns that Johnnie is one of 'them' - the factory owners

    5. Johnnie holds forth

      Johnnie admits he co-owns Marshall's, which angers Fraser - but Johnnie offer's to put the Union's position to management

  3. 16th February 1915

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    1. Johnnie's future plans

      Johnnie doesn't fancy working in the firm or going to war... so what will he do?

  4. 17th February 1915

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    1. The brothers talk business

      Initially opposed to the idea that his brother should work in the factory, Geoffrey slowly comes round to the advantages

    2. Johnnie seeks a job

      Lowther - and Geoffrey - are reluctant to have Johnnie on the shop floor, but decide to try the experiment

    3. The problem with Johnnie

      Johnnie believes his charm and fellow-feeling will overcome workers' opposition to his lack of training

    4. Winning Fraser over

      Johnnie persuades union man Fraser to speak to the men on his behalf

    5. The men decide

      The boss's brother tries to engage the men with his rhetoric, and is given a job of sorts

    6. An embarrassing move

      Johnnie declines a chauffeur-driven ride home, and declines dinner at home too

    7. Comradely confidences

      Johnnie offers to pass details of any promising radicals in the factory to Zamyatin's supposed revolutionary paymasters in Russia

  5. 18th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 6

    1. Remains of a life

      Fraser and Duncan argue over drink and family history

    2. Doing a deal

      The differing demands of management, workers and government, and the army swallowing skilled men, leads to problems

    3. More horse trading

      Unused radiators are designated for use in the women's sheds

    4. Davy gets good news

      The promotion of Davy shows the compassionate side of Marshall's management

    5. A promotion for Johnnie

      Johnnie volunteers for the football squad to take the place of a man who has joined up

    6. Fraser extends the hand of friendship

      Fraser tried to tempt Davy to a drink, then realises he needs to resist the temptation himself

  6. 19th February 1915

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    1. The life of a newspaper reporter

      Reporter Luke would like to try his hand at analysis and exposes but is stuck writing about labour relations and county court cases


  7. 23rd February 1915

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    1. Harsh facts to be faced

      Alan is facing a multitude of problems, with the women and Johnnie distracting the men, lack of labour, and lack of funds

    2. More trouble for Alan

      Quaker workers defect from Marshall's to the merchant shipyard up the road


    3. An angry exchange

      Johnnie virtually admits trying to bring down the system, and suggests women should work on the shop floor

  8. 25th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 1

    1. Geoffrey makes a speech

      Geoffrey uses the football team's victory as a tool to encourage workers to "pull together" with management

  9. 26th February 1915

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    1. A delegation to Alan

      The men tell Fraser they plan to complain to Alan about Duncan's temperance proselytising

    2. A heated discussion

      Alan agrees to have a word with Duncan about his activities

    3. The public meeting

      Fraser is shocked to find not only Johnnie but also his sister at the meeting

  10. 3rd March 1915

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    1. Fraser on the carpet

      Alan makes a plea for greater understanding in the rough world of war

  11. 13th March 1915

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    1. The workers are angry

      The factory workers rib Davy as Fraser's "favourite" and protest that others get higher wages while their landlords profiteer

  12. 16th March 1915

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    1. Politics over lunch

      Geoffrey and Cressida oppose Peter's ideas, but he finds an ally in Kitty

  13. 24th March 1915

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    1. A fracas on the factory floor

      Kenny and Johnnie fight over Edie and Johnnie is fired: Kenny has signed up for the army and asked Edie to be his sweetheart

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