Monday, 7 May 2018

May Day 2018



Some Facebook posts and memories from the Glasgow May Day march and rally 2018.

















  

May Day and Equal Pay (06/05/18)


The annual Glasgow May Day rally is taking place next Sunday 6th May - the theme is of the event is the fight for Equal Pay and there will be a march from George Square (assemble at 11.am) followed by the rally itself at 12 noon with speakers at the Royal Concert Hall.

Glasgow's equal pay campaigners will be leading the march with a message for the City Council to get its finger out: "50 years on from the 1970 Equal Pay Act - do low paid workers have to strike to enforce their rights to equal pay?"

The Glasgow Unison branch is having a placard making night on Thursday 3rd at the local branch office on Bell Street - all welcome. 

  

Made in Dagenham (September 17th 2011)



A new film is to be released next month which tells the story of the struggle for equal pay in 1968 - by a group of women at the Ford car plant in Dagenham.

An inspiring story - by all accounts - it tells the tale of 187 women machine workers who walked out of the Dagenham car plant in 1968 - when their work was downgraded as 'unskilled' - and their demand for the same pay grading as the men in the factory was refused.

Directed by Nigel Cole of Calendar Girls, the film has a great British cast - including Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike, Rupert Graves, Geraldine James, Miranda Richardson and John Sessions.

The idea for the film came about when the women behind the original protest - appeared on Radio 4's The Reunion programme.

Made in Dagenham stars the award winning Sally Hawkins as Rita O'Grady - who is the catalyst for the 1968 strike - which took place only two years before Equal Pay Act was introduced in 1970.

Working in poor conditions and for long hours, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally laid down their tools - in protest at their second class treatment compared to their male colleagues.

With humour, common sense and courage they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government of the day.

The leader of the women's struggle is fast-talking, no nonsense Rita whose fiery temper and occasionally hilarious unpredictability - proves to be a match for any of her male opponents.

I imagine the film will be a hit with everyone who has been involved in the struggle for equal pay some 40 years on - with Action 4 Equality Scotland.

The same battle that was waged in 1968 has essentially had to be fought all over again - only this time on behalf of low paid council workers in Scotland.