Ashton MP pays tribute to female keyworkers to mark the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

ASHTON MP Angela Rayner has paid tribute to female key workers as she marked the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

In a rousing video speech, Angela told the tale of the women who downed tools and joined the picket line in an inspiring show of solidarity, unity and action to achieve a watershed moment in the fight for gender equality.

On May 29, 1970, Barbara Castle’s Equal Pay Act became law, inspired by the women of the Ford factories in Dagenham and Liverpool who demanded equal pay for equal work. It was the first step in the ongoing struggle to achieve equality for all.

Ms Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, said: “Although we’ve come a long way, there’s still a long way to go.

“Coronavirus has shone a light on the inequalities that exist in our society as 77 per cent of those in key worker roles are women, putting themselves at risk to keep our country going through this pandemic.

“The challenges we face today are unprecedented, and we need solidarity now more than ever. When we stand together, we are strong.

“We will continue the fight for equality for all, both inside and outside of the workplace. We will tackle the inequalities that hold too many women back and we won’t let the burden of coronavirus fall on the shoulders of women.

“It’s the spirit of those who fought before us that takes us forward.”

The video can be seen here –

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