Tolpuddle Martyrs ----- In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.
Labor Strike: This is definitely a challenge. Especially for the businesses, when one unhappy person could cause a commotion and lead to a labor strike. This could hurt the company by losing profits, and a company know that everyone wont always be happy.
Staged labor strikes against businesses were a very popular movement in the Gilded Age. Workers organized them to try to go for collective bargaining. Their goals were to get fair pay, better hours, and better working conditions. If this didn't work they would then threaten to strike. Striking was the last resort.