The Bryant and May factory workers elected a strike committee with Alice Thompson as its chairman. With members of the London Trades Council, they met the directors and made the following demands. 1) That they stop using white phosphorus in matches 2) That all fines be abolished 3) That all deductions for paint, brushes, stamps etc be ended 4) That the workers can choose to work 54 hours a week as 10 hours a day from 8am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays, and 4 hours on Saturdays from 8am to 12pm, rather than 8am to 6pm Mondays to Saturdays which they were obliged to. 5) The girls and women were not banned from wearing trousers at work. The management agreed to the workers demands except for the first one. They said they could not afford to replace white phosphorus with the more expensive red phosphorus. The workers had the support of the Commonwealth Party. The strike committee met the Home Secretary, George Potter, and he told them that the government would introduce legislation to ban the use of white phosphorus in matches. This passed through the House of Commons and House of Lords in June 1875 and July 1875.