CORRUGANZA! MARY MACARTHUR AND THE BOXMAKERS
FASCINATING TALK ON THE INDOMITABLE TRADE UNIONIST
30 MAY 6.30pm
Geoff Simons & Tara Arts present Corruganza! Mary Macarthur and the Boxmakers
In the summer of 1908, a vicious pay cut was forced upon young women workers at the Corruganza box factory in Summerstown. Mary Macarthur, and the recently formed National Federation of Women Workers, came to the rescue.
Their battle for a fair wage took them on a famous march to Trafalgar Square via Earlsfield Station. Mary is recognised as one of the most significant women in the trade union movement. She was one of the first women to stand for election to Parliament.
Mary’s biographer Dr Cathy Hunt will be coming to Tara to give an illustrated talk on this pivotal industrial action by working class women. She'll highlight the legacy of this great woman and reflect on how strength through collective unity is still so relevant in the workplace of today.