The first workers strike in Norway took place in Kristiania (now Oslo) in 1889. 368 women and children gathered behind the slogan “Only one øre more per gross, and better sanitarian conditions”. To participate represented an enormous risk for the women. It was the first the public became aware of the miserable and harmful conditions of the workers in the factories of Kristiania. It was also the first unionizing in Norway. The strike of 1889 gave no immediate results, but in 1890 both higher salaries and improvement of work conditions were introduced.
The sentence “Only now we know we are humans” is from the thank you letter the workers wrote to their supporters. It´s also the title of a performance Lotte Konow Lund did in the spring of 2022, where she addressed the work- and class differences and living conditions in Oslo, historically and today, in art, urban development and the women's history within her own family.
Curator and producer: Kulturbyrået Mesén