Come to the only festival in Europe that celebrates women workers’ winning a strike, that doubled their wages, establishing a minimum wage for the first time in British history. And it takes place in Cradley Heath on Saturday 6 July – The Chainmakers’ Festival 2019.
The family friendly festival will this year take place at the Mary Macarthur Gardens, named after the trade unionist, who in 1910 organised and led the strike to victory. The festival begins at 11am and runs throughout the day with stalls, a banner parade and other family friendly activities.
Sandwell UNISON has been distributing free copies of a children’s book about the strike, entitled Martha’s Story, to get more local youngsters to learn their history. Below is a photograph of Louise Harrisen-Powis, Assistant Branch Secretary (Education) handing 30 copies over to Rowley Hall Primary. Children who read the book can bring their vouchers to the UNISON stall to collect their bag of UNISON goodies.