Cradley Women Chainmakers' Festival
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Saturday 7th June 2014 is the date for the tenth Cradley Women's Chainmakers' event
the Midlands TUC Executive meeting in November confirmed 2014 festival.
The Friends of Chainmakers first meeting was 3rd December 2013 at Old Hill Primary School, Lawrence Lane Cradely Heath B64 6DR
the group is being set up to assist the event and to encourage more local people to become involved.
The Midlands TUC maintains this event as the largest celebration of womens' history in Britain.
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.
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The event costs around £24,000 and the Midlands TUC is currently seeking donations for the 2014 event.
The TUC-organised event backed by Sandwell Council has live music, stalls, speeches.
Further details from Alan Weaver: Midlands TUC, 24 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 2PA http://midlandstucmedia.blogspot.co.uk/
How to get to Cradley Heath from Wolverhampton by train:
at the Midlands TUC meeting in October the following motion from Wolverhampton & Bilston TUC was passed:
Chainmakers Festival 2014