chapter  8
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Women shop stewards in a county branch of NALGO

ByJenny Walton

Women have been organizing in trade unions for over a century and in 1883 the TUC voted for equal pay for women. Despite this, the slogan ‘A woman’s place is in her union’ has become urgent and significant. It challenges the contrary notion that women’s place is at home. But women are not at home; women are in the labour market: by 1987 70 per cent of women were economically active and 64 per cent of women had paid work (OPCS 1989:155). Women make up one-third of trade union membership.