The limitations of ‘equality’ as class strategy/Book review: Trico – A victory to remember, The 1976 equal pay strike at Trico Folberth

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The limitations of ‘equality’ as class strategy/Book review: Trico – A victory to remember, The 1976 equal pay strike at Trico Folberth, Brentford, by Sally Grovers and Vernon Merritt

After ‘Striking Women’ by Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson [1] this is another book about a women-led strike in the west-London area – this time largely written by a worker and striker herself. The Trico strike is less well known than the strike at Grunwick or Ford Dagenham, perhaps partly because the 21-week Trico strike ended in a victory and working class victories are less likely to be widely publicised – at least this is what the authors suggest.

Perhaps another reason for the dimmer spotlight on the Trico dispute is that the strike was an embarrassment for the male-led trade union movement: at Trico nearly all women workers went on strike and nearly all male workers scabbed. The National Front…

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