In 1875 the Dewsbury and Batley Women Weavers called West Yorkshire mill workers out on a strike that would change the course of trade union History.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the TUC is hosting a memorial lecture on this strike. This event is open to anyone.

Thursday March 8

Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road, WF12 8DG
5.30 to 7.30 p.m.

Tickets – free – available from Eventbrite

Melanie Reynolds, Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes will deliver the first memorial lecture on this unique strike. She will explore how it shaped the role of women in trade unions, as instigators of ‘New Unionism’ and how this strike can be a ‘model’ and lesson for us all today in our industrial activities.

‘The male and female members voted for an all-female strike committee to represent them before the Masters Association cartel, which had imposed a wage cut on 25,000 workers in 50 mills.
This was an unprecedented vote. Never before had an all-female committee represented a group of male and female weavers.’

Women have always led the trade union movement. This year, the TUC celebrates 150 years of working together to change the world of work for good. We will tell the stories of inspiring trade unionists throughout our 150th year – so look out for our events.

We look forward to launching our Women in Leadership programme during the evening – come along to find out more.

Harriet Eisner, Unite the union officer and chair of the event will announce the launch of the TUC’s Women in Leadership programme.

Paula Sherriff MP will speak about the modern experiences of women in public life.

17.00 – 18.00 Buffet dinner & networking

18.00 – 19.30 Memorial Lecture & launch of the Women’s Leadership Programme
The Dewsbury & Batley Women Weavers Strike
Commemorating trailblazers of our movement

Dr. Melanie Reynolds Memorial lecture on the impact of the Dewsbury & Batley Weavers on women in trade unionism

Paula Sherriff MP Women in the trade union movement today

Chair: Harriet Eisner, Unite the Union Launching the Women in Leadership Programme

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