Chainmakers Festival 2009 - A Trade Union Family Event

Bring the family along for a day of celebrations at the Black Country Museum on Saturday 12 September 2009 in commemoration of the historic Dudley Chainmakers strike which achieved setting the first minimum wage
The festival commemorates the 1910 dispute in which 800 women chainmaker's were "locked out" of work for demanding the employers paid them the agreed minimum wage for their labours.

The women won the dispute - and established their right to a minimum wage which set the scene for 89 years of campaigning before the establishment of a national minimum wage in 1999.
The Midlands TUC are organising and the Black Country Living Museum are hosting.  This year  boasts a bumper bill of national and local speakers and acts.

Midlands TUC Regional Secretary Roger McKenzie said, 'Last years' festival proved to be a fantastic day out for trade unionists from all over the country'

One of the newest buildings at the museum is the Workers Institute which was built from the surplus in the Women Chainmakers strike fund and gives a new focus for our interpretation of Black Country history and culture'

The festival will start at 10 am, speeches around 12.30 pm with a traditional procession of trade union banners around the Museum site.

TUC flyer

Mr McKenzie continued, 'This is the premier trade union festival in the Midlands and we are proud to hold it in conjunction with our friends at the Black Country Living Museum.'

The festival is supported UNISON who part funds through the TUC Midlands, with other trades unions and legal firms involved with local trade unions.

Tickets are available from the Black Country Living Museum box office: 0121 520 8054.

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