This is seemingly quite popular around the late 1800s, in the tin works at least. Records of the industrial action that have taken place can be seen in the minute books of the General Meetings and within the Wage and Salary records. The records of the strike of 1874 are particularly interesting. The disputes lasted from the end of March to the beginning of July. The Independent Association for Tinplate Makers had been formed by the workmen in 1873, and it was this union presenting the masters with a request for new wage rates, which resulted in the 1874 lock out. The struggle ended in victory for the masters as can be seen in the Wage and Salary records, with the men working two days without pay in recompense. The industrial action did have some benefit for the workers as it resulted in the “1874 List” which was a uniform list of wages introduced to correct the diversification in the range of wages.
It also led to the creation of the Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire Association of Tinplate Manufacturers in May 1874. It is this union that creates the List and provides provision for the companies in the event of future strikes. Towards the end of the nineteenth century further industrial action takes place in 1894 and again in 1895. Evidence for both of these can be found in the Annual Directors Reports 1868-1926 and in the Agenda Books for the directors meetings 1892-96. The 1894 strike took place for a six week period and was due to the request of the masters for the workers to take a 25% wage cut. The 1895 stoppage is also associated with wages as the men requested a rise in wages, however the masters did not concede due to the continued poor state of the market.