Of course, the profile of gutsy women who used intelligence and a genuine collective and caring spirit did not at all suit the macho 'Red Clydesider' men of the labour movement in Scotland. And so the womens' role was always either ignored or underplayed. Instead the Labour movement took up with the mythology of aggressive industrial action, male leadership and a macho pecking order among the various trades and industries.
Mind you it's striking that as soon as the reality of treatment of women by the labour movement in Britain, is brought up it generate some awfully defensive and over-sensitive reactions. Mmmm maybe a message in that.
Doc Lightning wrote:The series "Not Forgotten" hosted by Ian Hislop had a section about Mrs Barbour. They interviewed some people who knew her. Her daughter (I think. Some relation at least) still lives in Glasgow. She's interviewed in the series.
If you ask me nicely in a PM I'll do you a DVD of said series...
Julie Hayward, a qualified cook employed by Cammell Laird in the canteen at its Birkenhead shipyard was supported by her union, the GMB, and the Equal Opportunities Commission. She claimed equal pay for work of equal value with several male craft workers. The case went to the House of Lords, where in 1988 Hayward won the right to higher basic pay.
In 1987, backed by the union, MSF, a number of women speech therapists claimed equal pay with clinical psychologists and hospital pharmacists. Thirteen years later in 2000, the women won their claim, receiving a total of £12 million.
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