Cradley Women Chainmakers' Festival
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Saturday 8th June 2013, the ninth FREE TUC Chainmakers’ festival in Bearmore Mound Playing Fields, Cradley Heath, B64 6DU
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How to get there from Wolverhampton by train:
11am @ Chainmakers Monument, to right of Cradley Heath railway station in Mary Macarthur Gardens
people will gather for a commemeration at Mary Macarthur's statue,
followed by banner procession up Cradley High Street led by local children, to Bearmore Park for the Chainmakers festival which then continues until 5pm.
please visit Wolverhampton TUC's stall in the Leftfield tent
Trade union speakers including Lesley Mercer the President of the TUC and Gloria Mills UNISON
display from Cradley Heathens Speedway Team and archery
There is a Leftfield tent with union and campaigning stalls and a craft tent with 15 stalls.
It is the same venue as last year, in the heart of the Cradley Heath community where the Chainmakers worked and lived - and fought their successful ten week dispute to secure a minimum wage for their sector.
The event will cost £30,000 and the Midlands TUC is currently seeking donations.
Visit Wolverhampton TUC's stall in Leftfield
The TUC-organised event backed by Sandwell Council will have live music, stalls, speeches.
The Midlands TUC aims to maintain 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.