Fred Piggott was a foreman at the weaving shed on the second floor of Hardcastle's Mill and a resident of 13 Coronation Street from 1902 to 1919. His wife Emma worked under him, as did several other Coronation Street residents.
Fred was influenced by Communism and was involved with trade unions. In 1911 he stirred his fellow workers into industrial action in lieu of a minimum wage of one pound a week and safer working conditions. The strike dragged on for months, with workers at mills and factories across Weatherfield downing tools and joining them. The workers were eventually victorious but Fred gave up his position as shop steward as weeks of campaigning had defeated him.