Celebrate the victory of the women chainmakers!

16 03 2012

The 1910 chainmakers’ strike by the women of Cradley Heath in the Black Country, was a landmark victory in the campaign for a national minimum wage and persuaded many workers of the day of the benefits of organising in trade unions. You can read all about its history in Women Chainmakers: Be Anvil or Hammer!, a booklet from the Black Country Living Museum Trust Ltd in
association with the NUT and the TUC.

Each year the Midlands TUC celebrates the chainmakers’ achievements through the Women Chainmakers’ Festival, with national speakers, stalls, music and a procession. This year the festival will be held in Bearmore Park in Cradley Heath (the new venue from last year) on Saturday 9 June 2012. The festival has been moved forward from the usual September to June to coincide with the unveiling of a statue of a chainmaker at Mary Macarthur Park in Cradley Heath at 11.30am. It is hoped that there will be a banner procession from the Macarthur Park to the festival site at Bearmore Park but this is yet to be finalised.  Check the Midlands TUC blog for latest details and we’ll also update this blog.

The NSTUC are organising transport from Stoke to Cradley Heath on the 9th June, so if you would like to come along, please contact northstaffstuc@gmail.com  with your details.





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13 04 2012
More details on the Women Chainmakers’ Festival 2012 « North Staffs TUC Blog

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