The 2018 Women Chainmakers’ Festival celebrates the 1910 victory of over 800 chainmakers’ from Cradley Heath, who after a ten week long strike won the first ever minimum wage in Britain, that doubled their wages overnight.
The family festival celebrates this historic victory made in Sandwell and is the only festival that celebrates women fighting for their rights at work.
Sponsored by the Midlands TUC the festival takes place in the very High Street of Cradley Heath where the picture shows the strike leader, Mary Macarthur, rallying the strikers. The order of events is as follows:-
11:00 Festival opens – come and check out the stalls
12:00 There will be a recreation of the above photo
12:30 Street Theatre sees a chainmakers’ strike re-enactment
13:45 Banner parade to Mary Macarthur Gardens
14:00 Workers’ Picnic with live music