The women spoke about how they got together, how they planned and organised the different actions, survived on little money and dealt with attacks on their children. They successfully forced down Magnet sales and shares, and still continue to work for justice after an unjust settlement made between Magnet and the unions - most strikers weren't able to vote and got a miserable œ250 severance pay after 20 months on strike.
The event was also a coming together of women in a number of struggles. A mother from the Hillsborough Survivors, Relatives and Supporters for Justice group read a statement about how they are pressing for a public inquiry in to the police actions when 96 people died at the stadium nine years ago. And one of the Tameside Carers, who were sacked because they also refused to take a pay cut, spoke from the floor about the progress of their strike.
It wasn't all talk - the Magnet showroom in South Manchester was picketed before the meeting and (as shown on the cover of the newsletter) a huge banner reading "Magnet Women's Group says Boycott Magnet Kitchens" was erected in front of the Manchester Cheetham Hill showroom.
Patricia Juno, Wages for Housework Campaign (0161 344 0758)