This International Women’s Day, our branch would like to draw attention to the historical successes women have achieved within the union movement.
In the past, as now, women within the workforce have struggled with low, sometimes poverty wages and insecure terms and conditions.
Take our survey on women and trade unions in the Council
Cradley Heath chainmakers’ fight for a fair wage
In 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath won a battle to establish the right to a fair wage following a 10-week strike. This landmark victory changed the lives of thousands of workers who were earning little more than ‘starvation wages’.
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Throughout February we are celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + (LGBT+) history month, a time to remember the struggles, key figures and events in the fight for rights and against discrimination, a fight that continues to this day in society and the workplace.
The theme for this year is politics in art: ‘the arc is long’, taken from Martin Luther King’s quote “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”.
Visit the LGBT+ history month site for resources and events, including an event on 9 February hosted by the University of Edinburgh—’From the 1969 Stonewall Riots to Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners Group: a history or revolt, defiance and solidarity.’
Read how the Council are marking LGBT+ history month on Newsbeat.
Fight for LGBT+ rights and equality in the Council
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