1968. The one hundred and eighty-seven female machinists at the Ford plant in Dagenham, England, filed a lawsuit against the company for a long time to classify their jobs as semi-skilled and not as unskilled. They are the only women working in the factory compared to the fifty-five thousand men. With the company refusing to bargain, the machinists, assisted by their local union representative, Albert Passingham, take action in the workplace, including refusing to work overtime and a 24-hour strike. Only after this action do the machinists realize that it is not about the job classification, but about Ford's unwillingness to pay it to other unionized workers just because they are women. Thus, the struggle becomes a more inclusive struggle for equal work for equal pay. The main voice of the machinists is Rita O'Grady, who has had neither interest nor a prior history of work activism. Ultimately, the machinists do everything in their power to finish the job and expect that the support they have previously given to their male counterparts will be rewarded in keeping with the strike. The women will find that they have a tough fight in their fight. Ford managers on both sides of the Atlantic are refusing to comply with such demands, and see this as a dangerous precedent in having to pay all women in the company equal. Many of the male union members do not support the strike because they see their work as more important, if only because they usually earn the budget. Apart from Albert, machinists' trade union leaders, whose representative is Monty Taylor, barely support the struggle for their male members, and they protect their own perks, which are largely funded by union fees. There may be cracks in the ranks of female machinists, depending on how the strike affects their individual situations, including Rita's own family. And if it's a broader political issue beyond Ford, the British government must reconcile Ford's importance to the economy with the fact that it champions equality in order to gain power. Although the new State Secretary for Employment, Barbara Castle, supports the concept of gender equality, from her point of view, her first task is to ensure economic stability, which means keeping Ford in a good mood.
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