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Chainmakers' festival

by Pete Jackson
Issue No. 2220

Dressing up in period costume on the centenary march for the Chainmakers

Dressing up in period costume on the centenary march for the Chainmakers' dispute (Pic: Pete Jackson)

Over 2,000 trade unionists gathered at the 100th anniversary festival of the strike by women chainmakers at Cradley Heath in the Black Country—including some in historical costume (see picture).

Tony Benn received a fantastic response and urged the crowd to resist the Tory attacks.

Billy Hayes, general secretary of the CWU union asked people to join the Unite Against Fascism national march on 6 November.

The Right to Work stall was extremely busy with hundreds of leaflets handed out.

Many people already knew about the demonstration outside the Tory party conference on 3 October and are planning to attend.

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Tue 21 Sep 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2220
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