In May 1919, fed up with poor wages, perilous work and lack of respect for bargaining rights 30,000 workers went on strike for six weeks. History focuses on the role of men like J.S. Woodworth in the strike. But the strike was started and maintained by women. A report featuring Julie Guard, professor of history and labour studies at the University of Manitoba.
Also in RadioLabour’s Canada report May 24 – 31, 2019:
• Despite the efforts of many organizations and individuals the global gender wage gap is still 20 per cent. But momentum for fairness, involving unions around the world, is building
• And singing: ‘Bread and Roses’ by Bobbie McGee. Smithsonian Folkways Records. Used by permission
Image: Wikipedia – Winnipeg General Strike.
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