Shadow cabinet in homage to women of Ford Dagenham

shadow cabinet at Fords Dagenham

For International Womens Day, the Shadow Cabinet went to Dagenham for their meeting, and posed for a picture with some of the women who fought for and gained equal pay through their industrial action. Immortalised in the film Made In Dagenham, these sewing machinist strikers went up against management in 1968 and won equal pay on the basis that their jobs were skilled jobs, just like the men’s. The 1968 strikes at Ford’s Dagenham plant – orchestrated by Vera Sime, Dora Challingsworth, Eileen Pullen, Sheila Douglass, Gwen Davis and others – were a key event that powered the 1970 Equal Pay Act, which guaranteed women the same treatment in the workplace as men.

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