Happy Birthday Mary MacArthur. Born this day in 1880. Mary founded the National Federation of Women Workers and was instrumental in many notable actions, including the success of the Cradley Heath Chainmakers strike in 1910. The NFWW became part of the GMB family in 1921 and we are so proud of our strong history fighting for the rights of women workers #GMBWomen
So it’s been a really busy couple of months, we had GMB Congress where activists from our region stole the show speaking up at fringes and getting some brilliant motions passed in particular the fight to stop contract 6 in ASDA. Then there was Stoke Pride after all Pride is a protest✊and activists were highlighting the work that’s still to be done for LGBT+ rights. We enjoyed the sunshine while extending a hand to our communities in memory of Jo Cox. We then celebrated the amazing women past and present and their successes at the only festival that celebrates women in our movement in Europe, Chainmakers and last but by no means least we stood together in support of the exploitation of workers by Amazon. So proud to be GMB✊✊. Thanks to all our wonderful activists and our comrades from across the movement 💪💪 here a few pics to enjoy ❤️
New laws to protect survivors of domestic abuse in England and Wales will be introduced in Parliament later. The Domestic Abuse Bill would place a legal duty on councils to offer secure homes for those fleeing violence and their children, and proposes creating a dedicated domestic abuse commissioner.
On this day in 1954 the world lost the amazing Frida Kahlo. She is celebrated by feminist and LGBTQ+ activists for her uncompromising portrayal of the female form through her art. She also explored themes of race, post-colonialism, disability and class. Although popularised by her fashion, politics was at the core of everything she did.
On this day in 1888 the Match Women succeeded in shutting down the entire Bryant & May factory, following the dismissal of their colleagues who were suspected of being the whistleblowers in Annie Besant's article, White Slavery in London. Although contested by some (male!) historians, there is solid evidence that the Match Woman lit the fuse for a series of strikes, including the Dock Worker's strike the following year. Their contribution to the labour movement should not be underestimated.