Sunday, 3 July 2016

Centenary Picnic of the 1916 Huntley & Palmers’ Women’s Strike

GMB, the Reading Trades Union Council and Unite the Union


would like to invite you to the


Centenary Picnic of the 1916 Huntley & Palmers’ Women’s Strike

Date & Time: 3 July 2016, 14.00-17.00

Location: Kings Road Gardens, opposite Prudential, Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3ES

In June 1916, a large group of women and girls employed at Huntley & Palmers' Biscuit Factory, Kings Rd, Reading, walked out on strike over the dismissal of 16 colleagues following a dispute with a forewoman. Soon after, and following the reinstatement of the dismissed women, the National Union of Gas Workers and General Labourers, buoyed by the militancy of the women and girls, successfully won higher pay for all grades - earning men 5 shillings a week increase and boys and women 3 shillings a week more.

In honour of the women's strike, defending sacked colleagues and prompting the NUGW&GL to organise for higher pay, the Reading Trades Union Council, the GMB union and Unite the Union are organising a picnic in Kings Road Gardens, opposite the former Huntley & Palmers' Factory (today, the Prudential Offices, Kings Road) - near the spot where the women allegedly threw biscuits into the river during the dispute.

Trade unions, sympathetic organisations and interested members of the general public are invited to join the event, setting up stalls, displaying banners and distributing information. All are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch and join in and enjoy the songs and theatrics and the variety of stalls by cooperating trade unions and other organiations. For more information, or to get involved, email the RTUC on

Reading Chronicle, 23 June 2016, p. 19