[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: August 2nd, 1919]
Last night, following a notice handed in, about ten men at the Luton Iron Foundry, High Town, came out on strike. Fortunately, the holiday week follows, and it is hoped that a settlement may be arrived at before the resumption on Monday week.
We are given to understand that there is no local dispute and that the best of feeling obtains between the men and the management. The dispute is a national one between the Central Ironmoulders' Union and the National Light Castings Federation (employers) and affects men who are engaged in the manufacture of rain water pipes and other similar goods. The men's union demands a 40 per cent increase on the present wage scale.
We are given to understand that the average wage of the Luton men amounts to £3 16s, and that no trouble whatever has been experienced locally. The men, in fact, amicably went to Mr Ingram and have left regretfully, only in obedience to their union's call. On the other hand, Mr Ingram is bound by his Federation.
Whatever agreement is arrived at he will, of course, put into force, and in the meantime as 30 men would be affected altogether, he has taken steps to prevent, if possible, the unemployment of the ironmoulders' assistants.