Jeremy Corbyn praises Ford strike ‘victory’ during Dagenham visit

The Labour leader with Barking and Dagenham Council members and Dora Challingsworth, a Ford Dagenham

The Labour leader with Barking and Dagenham Council members and Dora Challingsworth, a Ford Dagenham striker in 1968 - Credit: Archant

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to pay tribute to the strikers that brought about equal pay?

The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, seemed to agree as he held his shadow cabinet meeting in Dagenham – the scene of the Ford sewing machinists’ industrial action in 1968 – at the Civic Centre yesterday (Tues).

In attendance was one of the strikers, Dora Challingsworth, who told the front bench team about the momentous battle.

Mr Corbyn also posed alongside the borough’s pioneering gender equality charter.

Both Mr Corbyn and Kate Green, shadow minister for women and equalities, praised the “victory” of the Ford strike, which led to the Equal Pay Act of 1970.

The Labour leader with Barking and Dagenham Council members and Dora Challingsworth, a Ford Dagenham

The Labour leader with Barking and Dagenham Council members and Dora Challingsworth, a Ford Dagenham striker in 1968 - Credit: Archant


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