The following circular has been addressed to the boot and shoe manufacturers and Government contractors of Rushden, Irchester, Irthlingborough, Finedon and Raunds, a copy also being sent to the War Office.
Gentlemen - At general meetings held in the above places of rivetters, finishers, and closers of army and navy boots and shoes, resolutions have been passed re the heavy labour, skill, and care to the lasting, finishing and, closing of Government army and navy boots and shoes, the present prices paid being considered inadequate for the labour involved.
We therefore respectfully submit to your consideration the subjoined statement of wages to be paid uniformly throughout the district, trusting you will make provision for this increase when tendering for the next contract.
A deputation will be glad to meet you at your earliest convenience.
We are, gentlemen, yours respectfully,
C. Slater (Irchester), William Bazeley, Arthur Mantle (Rushden and Irthlingborough), E. Hopkins, W. Millard (Finedon), J. E. Hall, G. F. Roughton (Raunds).