Grace Petrie is the headline act for event celebrating history strike victory in the Midlands

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Trade unionists are this week leafletting Cradley Heath in Birmingham to let people know about the free festival at Bearmore Park on Saturday June 9th.

The Women Chainmakers’ Festival, organised and paid for by the Midlands TUC and local trade union branches, will follow the unveiling of the monument at Mary Macarthur Memorial Gardens, Lower High Street at 11.30am that same day.

The festival celebrates the historic strike victory of women chainmakers from Cradley Heath in 1910. The women fought for ten weeks to beat their chain bosses, double their wages and establish the minimum wage in Britain for the first time.

The free festival will include live music from Grace Petrie, re-enactments of the strike as well as a range of family events, including a penalty shoot out competition

More details of the festival can be found here.


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