TUC Women Chainmakers' Festival of Cradley Heath
The 2015 Women Chainmakers' festival
2015 official Chainmakers' festival FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/events/850056408364386/
Cradley Heath High street was closed off on Sunday 12th July for the Chainmakers festival involving the Cradley Heath community and as part of the Black Country festival.
The festival celebrates the achievements of 800 women Chainmakers who fought to establish a minimum wage for their labour in 1910, following a 10 week strike. The local employers sought to deny them their rights but were met with forceful opposition. The strike was led by trade unionist Mary Macarthur, who founded the National Federation of Women Workers and later stood for Parliament as a Labour candidate.
The dramatic course of events as the women workers of Cradley Heath battled for a decent wage - full article here...
The event costs around £14,000 and the Midlands TUC is currently seeking donations for the 2015 event.
The TUC-organised event backed by Sandwell Council has live music, stalls, speeches.
All meetings to be held at 5.30pm at Old Hill Primary School, Lawrence Lane