Posted by: runawayrose | October 18, 2010

Music Hall War: The Music Hall Strike of 1907

The Music Hall Strike of 1907 started the way most strikes do: employees (actors in this case) were being underpaid and overworked.

Ideas of a strike started heating up when music hall owners started adding four extra matinées a week. This was an addition to the common one matinée a day. And most actors, musicians and stagehands were still being paid the same as if they were working the regular schedule.

On January 22, members of the Variety Artistes Federation started picketing in and around London. Music hall owners tried to hold on by putting on shows with other lessar known acts, but their efforts were fruitless. The strike lasted two weeks and at the end of it, the strikers got what they wanted. The performers not only won more money, but also minimum wage and maximum working week for musicians.

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