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Chainmakers’ festival success

by Declan James Metcalfe
Issue No. 2069

CWU members joined other groups of workers at the chainmakers’ festival march in Dudley, West Midlands, last Saturday (Pic: Martin Lynch)

CWU members joined other groups of workers at the chainmakers’ festival march in Dudley, West Midlands, last Saturday (Pic: Martin Lynch)


Tony Benn joined over 1,000 trade unionists and activists at the chainmakers’ festival at the Black Country living history museum in Dudley last Saturday.

The event is held to celebrate a ten week strike by women working in Cradley Heath in 1910 to establish a minimum wage of two and a half pence per yard of chain as opposed to the two pence they were receiving at the time.

Sarah Veale, a representative from the TUC, said, “Equal pay is still today’s struggle.”

Banners from the CWU, GMB, NUT and Unison unions were present.

Singer Billy Bragg performed at the end of a day that marked an important piece of history for trade unionists and activists of the left.


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Tue 18 Sep 2007, 19:15 BST
Issue No. 2069
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