- 1. Dagenham, on London's River Thames,
- 2. is one of the great anvils
of the motor industry.
- 3. At this and other
plants, Ford of Britain
- 4. shape and fashion 3000 cars
- 5. The biggest single motor
manufacturer in all Europe
- 6. and fourth biggest in the world.
- 7. Ford of Britain can
produce 3100 vehicles a day
- 8. and 1.5 million
of the Ford Cortinas...
- 9. Under the stylish bonnet,
a smooth, silent V4 engine.
- 10. Luxurious seats.
Handsome all around.
- 11. Slip away in style.
- 12. Located in five European countries,
- 13. Ford facilities now occupy
more than seven square miles,
- 14. with a total covered floor space
of almost 42 million square feet.
- 15. In 1968 there were 55,000 men employed
at Ford's Dagenham Factory
- 16. and 187 women.
- 17. Eileen, you got more support there
than the Arsenal.
- 18. At least I ain't got bee stings for tits.
Oh, all right. Cheeky.
- 19. Desmond Dekker
stirring up a storm with "Israelites"
- 20. on the hottest day of the year
- 21. So girls, don't forget your bikinis
and try and stay cool.
- 22. Here we go.
- 23. Connie? When you get a moment,
can you just have a walkthrough?
- 24. Just give me five minutes
to settle in.
- 25. Morning. Morning, morning.
- 26. Everything all right?
Yeah, I overslept.
- 27. How's George?
- 28. Don't ask.
I've been up half the night.
- 29. You're all right, you've got time.
- 30. Man!
- 31. Ladies, if I could
interrupt you a second...
- 32. - Come on. Cover up.
- Please, ladies behave.
- 33. Cover yourselves.
Cover yourselves up.
- 34. Oh, here he is.
What if your husbands saw you?
- 35. What would they say, eh?
- 36. Come on, girls,
this is important!
- 37. Thank you, Connie. Thank you.
- 38. Shut up! Now, shut up.
- 39. Do you wanna hear
what I gotta say or not?
- 40. Yeah.
- 41. Now, listen.
- 42. To quote
Winston Churchill himself,
- 43. this ain't the end. It ain't even
the beginning of the end.
- 44. Oh, for fuck's sake, get on with it.
- 45. Get on!
Look, ladies, please.
- 46. I'm doing me best.
Oh, come on.
- 47. Now, the deadline
we set the management
- 48. to respond to our complaint
- 49. about how they've
regraded you unskilled...
- 50. Shh!
- 51. Has now passed. Shut up!
- 52. Which means you've gotta vote
- 53. on the threat we made
in the original communique.
- 54. An immediate ban
on all overtime. Right?
- 55. And a one-day stoppage
to take place on the 29th of May.
- 56. All right? You got that? Right, now,
- 57. those for industrial action,
- 58. Yes.
- 59. Against?
- 60. Full house!
- 61. I'm seeing the management
- 62. and I shall inform them
of your decision.
- 63. Isn't he gorgeous?
- 64. We did it.
First time for everything.
- 65. Fuck them. Every other bugger
goes on strike, why shouldn't we?
- 66. Just don't put it like that
if you get interviewed by David Frost.
- 67. David Frost.
I know what you think about him.
- 68. It's a bit scary, isn't it?
- 69. I feel quite proud of us.
- 70. I fought Rommel in the war,
- 71. I wasn't once scared like I am
when I walk in there, I tell you.
- 72. - Happy birthday, Sandra.
- Thanks, Eddie.
- 73. Isn't it lovely what they did?
Come on, get up.
- 74. Are you coming, George?
- 75. No.
Go on then.
- 76. Come on, you come.
- 77. Spoilsport.
- 78. Happy birthday, darling.
- 79. - Thanks.
- Happy birthday.
- 80. Have a wonderful time.
- 81. Oh, leave it out, Dave!
It's all right, it's the fuse box.
- 82. Calm down.
Of course it's the bleeding fuse box.
- 83. Right.
Oh, no, here he goes.
- 84. Altogether now.
- 85. It's bloody Liberace.
- 86. Oh, God.
- 87. Where do you reckon
Brenda's got to?
- 88. Where do you think?
- 89. You're joking.
- 90. Your trim. That'll be hanging
right off in a week or two.
- 91. And I bet I know the girl
what sewed it, and all.
- 92. Come on, then.
Chop-chop, or we'll miss the buffet.
- 93. Want another one, anyone?
- 94. I'll have one.
- 95. George?
- 96. I'll be up all night.
Come on, mate.
- 97. Connie, yeah?
Yeah, yeah. Please.
- 98. Come on.
Just a little one.
- 99. G & T, half a mild. Dave? Salt.
- 100. Whole lemons.
Who's next on the dance floor?
- 101. You sure you don't
wanna sit down, Sandra?
- 102. Are you joking? I want a snowball.
- 103. George, you ain't even
tripped the old, uh... Come on.
- 104. No, no, no. It's all right.
- 105. Do you mind, George,
if I have this one?
- 106. Like to keep me hand in.
Jitterbug, twist, all them.
- 107. You be careful.
We need you on top form tomorrow.
- 108. What you talking about?
- 109. Fantastic.
- 110. - No, no, no. Not being funny.
- All right. All right.
- 111. - Good night.
- 112. Sandra. Sandra.
- 113. Sandra.
- 114. Happy birthday.
- 115. - Good night.
- Be good.
- 116. Hang on. I don't live here.
- 117. Wait.
- 118. Now, what was that for?
Nothing. I just like you, that's all.
- 119. Yeah? Come here.
- 120. What are you doing?
Not out here.
- 121. You're better than that, are you?
Actually, yeah, I am.
- 122. Graham?
- 123. There you go.
- 124. I don't feel very well.
- 125. You're not hot.
It's my stomach.
- 126. Okay, what's wrong
with your hand?
- 127. Nothing.
- 128. Well, give us a look, then.
- 129. No.
- 130. I never done nothing. Honest.
- 131. Mr. Clarke again?
- 132. It'll be fine, okay?
- 133. Now, eat some breakfast
and get dressed. I'll deal with it.
- 134. Sharon? Chop-chop.
- 135. Eddie. Come on, lover boy.
No, no, just clear off, I'm dying.
- 136. We're all dying.
We've all gotta go to work.
- 137. Eddie?
- 138. Oh, you cheeky cow. Come here.
- 139. God.
- 140. Balls.
- 141. Balls, balls, balls. Bollocks.
- 142. Yes?
- 143. Mr. Clarke?
Can I have a word?
- 144. Of course. How can I help?
- 145. You hit my son.
- 146. On his hand. Caned him.
- 147. And it ain't the first time.
- 148. Yes. O'Grady. I remember.
- 149. Forgot his protractor.
And it isn't the first ti...
- 150. Don't care whether it's the hundredth time.
I don't want you doing it.
- 151. You live on the estate,
- 152. I don't see what that's got...
We find boys
- 153. who come to us from the estate
often have difficulty
- 154. in adjusting to the standards of
behavior required in a school like this.
- 155. It isn't really their fault.
- 156. Their parents have never undergone
the full rigor of academic life.
- 157. The boys can hardly look to them
for guidance, can they?
- 158. But they do adapt in time.
- 159. And I'm sure your son will too,
if he's just given the chance.
- 160. But thank you for your concern,
- 161. Are you all right?
- 162. Hold on, is this Sandra's?
Yeah, I know.
- 163. Connie? Con?
- 164. Sandra's at it again, look.
- 165. You've gotta say something.
- 166. You've gotta talk to her.
- 167. Don't wave at us, silly cow.
We're moaning about you.
- 168. I'll do it.
No, you can't keep covering for her.
- 169. I'll talk to her.
- 170. Here it comes. Oh, no.
- 171. Look at that.
We might as well not have a roof.
- 172. How many times
have we asked to fix this?
- 173. It's not difficult, is it?
- 174. Connie, listen.
- 175. I'm sorry, I didn't realize. Oh, my God.
- 176. - I didn't realize. I'm sorry. Oh, God.
- You were saying?
- 177. There's a meeting tomorrow.
- 178. At Ford's headquarters
down in Warley.
- 179. You're joking.
- 180. Machinists threatening strike action,
they couldn't believe it.
- 181. - Oh, yes.
- 182. We'll have to make a good strategy.
- 183. They'll have Hopkins and Jones
and Grant, miserable sod.
- 184. Now, who have we got
on our side? We've got, um,
- 185. Monty Taylor from the
head office, he's coming.
- 186. There's me, two. You, Con, three.
- 187. Well, that leaves us one short.
- 188. Little principle I picked up
in the war, Eileen.
- 189. Turn up with more on your side
than they've got on their side
- 190. and turn up
when they're least expecting it.
- 191. So who's gonna
make the fourth man?
- 192. Oh, not me.
I'm not going.
- 193. Any takers? No?
- 194. You want it?
- 195. Come on. It's a day off.
- 196. - Oh, actually.
- Yeah, you all wanna go now.
- 197. Yeah. I ain't having that.
- 198. What?
- 199. Yeah.
Go on, Rita. Day off.
- 200. Go on, Rita.
You'd be great, Rita.
- 201. Go on, then.
- 202. Yeah, right.
What do you have to do?
- 203. All right, Gordon?
- 204. Think you're going?
It's the new Escort. Finally designed
- 205. something people like.
They can get fucked.
- 206. That's right.
We ain't working no overtime.
- 207. Me and the boys were saying
we'd have gone on strike
- 208. just having to turn up
in a pig hole like this.
- 209. You know it's raining here, don't you?
Yeah, yeah. Whatever.
- 210. - See you tomorrow, Connie.
- I think he likes you.
- 211. It's going, it's going.
The police are being pushed backwards.
- 212. There's screaming now.
- 213. Now you can see the banners
are being used as clubs...
- 214. No, they don't want so much.
- 215. No, look what you're doing...
- 216. Sharon?
Don't open my share.
- 217. Turn the telly off now,
there's a good girl. Now, please.
- 218. Wake your dad up.
- 219. Wake up, Dad.
- 220. Right. Pull your finger out.
Help your mum.
- 221. Square eyes,
what have I told you?
- 222. Dad, Martine Clarke's got color.
I've seen it.
- 223. Martine Clarke's
got color, has she?
- 224. We'll go around her house
and watch it after tea, won't we?
- 225. Her mum'll be
- 226. Look, we'll have color soon.
Once you can rent them.
- 227. Eddie, don't go promising color.
- 228. We haven't even paid
for the fridge yet.
- 229. And the three piece
is still on tick.
- 230. Now we've got all this unrest at work.
- 231. Oh, that? You had a vote, Rita.
- 232. Unrest is when you actually
come out and strike. Blimey.
- 233. No, don't look like that.
I'm only joking.
- 234. All right.
- 235. I'm proud of you.
We all are, aren't we?
- 236. Sticking to your guns.
We had a book going on the shop floor.
- 237. No one thought you'd
even take the vote so,
- 238. yeah, good on you. Well done.
- 239. Ain't just a vote now.
- 240. Got a meeting tomorrow,
all the bosses.
- 241. And I'm going.
- 242. Oh?
- 243. It's all right, I'll plate
your tea up in the morning
- 244. and then if I'm back late,
you can just heat it through.
- 245. Apparently, you go to a Berni Inn
on the way there.
- 246. That's snazzy.
- 247. It'll be all right, won't it?
- 248. Yeah, of course.
- 249. We don't have to do anything.
The men will do all the talking.
- 250. No, I mean, it's not
too posh in there, is it?
- 251. I'm wearing the right stuff?
No, you'll be fine.
- 252. I'm so glad you're here.
- 253. After you, ladies.
- 254. Thank you.
- 255. - Here you are, sir.
- 256. Do you ever worry about your waist?
- 257. You're joking.
- 258. That steak.
- 259. It's Monty. He always
insists on coming here.
- 260. As long as
the union's paying.
- 261. Rita.
- 262. Word of advice.
- 263. When we get there,
don't let them lure you in.
- 264. If they seem to be
asking you a question,
- 265. keep your head down.
I'll handle it.
- 266. Above all, if I nod, you nod.
- 267. Right.
- 268. That nice, was it?
It's lovely, thank you.
- 269. I couldn't eat another thing.
- 270. Oh. Mr. Dawson. I'm sorry,
we weren't expecting you until...
- 271. It's quite all right. It's no problem.
- 272. Oh, and there's four of us.
You might need an extra chair.
- 273. Right.
- 274. Two teas.
- 275. On a previous
- 276. in a free vote, the girls agreed
to the new grading structure.
- 277. They did not agree, however,
as to where they would end up on it.
- 278. Which is why we're sitting
round this table.
- 279. Look, I understand what the girls
are saying. I just don't...
- 280. I'd rather you didn't speak
for the girls, Mr. Hopkins.
- 281. None of us here knows
what's in their heads.
- 282. The fact remains there's a
formal grievance procedure in place
- 283. and the machinists' case
will be heard.
- 284. What we can't do
is let them jump the queue.
- 285. Peter, look,
- 286. you know me.
I ain't got no ax to grind with Ford.
- 287. - Am I right or am I right?
- You've always been fair.
- 288. Exactly. Ah,
we're all men of the world.
- 289. Let's cut to the chase, shall we?
We'll reconvene in two weeks' time.
- 290. Monty.
- 291. We'll reconvene, we'll come back
down here again for the day
- 292. and then at that point
you can guarantee
- 293. to look into the girls' complaint.
- 294. The thing is, Monty...
- 295. you can go back to your bosses
and say that the strike's off
- 296. because of how you've handled
- 297. We can go back to the girls and say
they're now your number-one priority
- 298. in a few weeks' time.
- 299. That seems very fair.
- 300. I'm not so sure
the girls'll be too happy.
- 301. The girls
will be fine.
- 302. As long as they know they're not
being fobbed off by the management.
- 303. The union's setting the terms.
That's what's important.
- 304. Bollocks.
- 305. I'm sorry, Albert, but it is.
- 306. Three hours we've been sat here.
- 307. "That's what matters to the girls"?
- 308. How you qualify to talk
about that, I do not know.
- 309. Here. Have a look at this.
- 310. There.
- 311. You put them together.
- 312. It's Ford property, I believe.
Oh, stop it.
- 313. We have to take these different pieces
and work out how they go together.
- 314. Because there ain't no template,
- 315. We have to take them and sew them
all freehand into the finished article.
- 316. The same with the door trim
and God knows what else.
- 317. That is not unskilled work,
which is how you've regraded us.
- 318. Christ, you need to take an
exam to get on our line.
- 319. Please, miss, l...
No, it's Mrs. O'Grady.
- 320. Mrs. O'Grady,
I understand your grievance...
- 321. Well, I really don't think you do.
It's not difficult, though.
- 322. We're entitled to semi-skilled
and the wages what go with it.
- 323. Bring this to the meeting...
- 324. And as regards to this
queue-jumping business, well,
- 325. we put this complaint in
months ago, didn't we?
- 326. It's just
you've done nothing about it.
- 327. And we all know why.
- 328. That's because women have never
been on strike before, isn't it?
- 329. You just thought you could forget it
and we'd all go away. Well, I'm sorry,
- 330. but it isn't gonna be that easy
because we're not going anywhere.
- 331. We're gonna do
what we said we would.
- 332. No more overtime and
an immediate 24-hour stoppage.
- 333. And where it goes from there,
well, it's up to you.
- 334. If you'll excuse me, I've really got to be going.
Thank you very much.
- 335. Thank you.
- 336. Good afternoon, gentlemen.
- 337. You think I like looking stupid?
I didn't know what she was gonna do.
- 338. You didn't know they were
in her handbag, pull them out?
- 339. Look at his face.
Oh, don't worry, you were great.
- 340. Thank you very much, Albert.
Thank you very much.
- 341. I knew, I knew.
It's up here, you see.
- 342. I wanted clever, Rita,
that's why I picked you.
- 343. Oh, stop it.
When you pulled out these cuttings,
- 344. oh, that was amazing.
- 345. It was. I never expected that,
that you'd come prepared.
- 346. Oh, no, he was right.
I was nicking them.
- 347. Yeah, Eddie uses them to patch
the tent up for when we go camping.
- 348. All the same. Listen, don't worry about
Monty, I'll handle him. Don't worry.
- 349. Can I have them back?
- 350. Cheers.
- 351. What are you gonna say to them?
- 352. You tell them.
- 353. This is your fault.
- 354. All right. Hold that.
- 355. Right.
- 356. Everybody out.
- 357. I can't believe it.
- 358. It's all right.
- 359. I could do
with a cup of tea.
- 360. I could do with something
a lot stronger than that.
- 361. Now, I realize this is
my first day in the job
- 362. and it may be
that I am missing something here,
- 363. but when we were elected
two years ago,
- 364. it was on a wave
- 365. that Labour would utilize its close
relationship with the unions
- 366. to develop manufacturing industry
so that it would better serve
- 367. the employer
and the employee.
- 368. Yes, I think that was
in the manifesto.
- 369. It was. Trust me.
- 370. So, what have you been doing
- 371. L...
Two years this department has had
- 372. in which
to make a difference.
- 373. Shall we see what has been
achieved in the last 12 months?
- 374. Twenty-six thousand strikes
in the United Kingdom,
- 375. with the resulting loss
of 5 million working days.
- 376. Unions and management
barely talking to each other,
- 377. productivity levels
through the floor,
- 378. and our balance of payments,
the wrong side of catastrophic.
- 379. It's hardly the stuff to set
the champagne corks popping, is it?
- 380. Thank you.
See yourselves out.
- 381. Here you are, babes,
you forgot your flask.
- 382. I love you Dave, cheers.
You too, darling. Good luck.
- 383. You get stuck in, girls.
- 384. Thank you.
- 385. Monica, that's yours.
- 386. Happy with that.
- 387. It's a holiday.
- 388. What's this? A mothers' meeting?
- 389. Hey, cheeky sod. Are you all right?
- 390. How you getting on?
Give us half a chance.
- 391. Good luck.
See you later.
- 392. Come on, ladies, let's hear you.
- 393. Bye. See you later.
- 394. What have you done to your eyes?
- 395. It's amazing, isn't it?
My friend showed me how.
- 396. Scouts everywhere.
That's how Twiggy got discovered.
- 397. Up west, you dozy sod,
- 398. You never know.
- 399. We'd better shut this gate.
- 400. I've spelt it right,
- 401. Close the gate.
- 402. I know.
At least they know we're serious, eh?
- 403. Not as helpless as they thought.
- 404. Come on then, girls.
- 405. No more seats today, Mr. Ford.
- 406. Come on, girls, let's get together.
What if we form a line or something?
- 407. Line up there.
- 408. Hold the banners up.
- 409. - We need some in the back.
- 410. - Like that.
- Come on, then.
- 411. That's it.
- 412. Here we go.
- 413. Like this?
- 414. They're running low
on finished seats.
- 415. So get these down
to the Cortina line,
- 416. then come back for the Escorts.
- 417. They're calling.
- 418. Anyone fancy a cuppa?
- 419. Tea's up, ladies.
- 420. Yeah, put that down a bit.
- 421. That's gonna
hurt your arms.
- 422. Get me Tooley.
- 423. Stand by, girls, could be trouble.
- 424. - Hello, girls.
- What's Brenda got?
- 425. Tea's up.
Bananas, apples, pears, the lot.
- 426. Thanks for the ride, Arthur.
- 427. He's lovely.
Brenda, you never.
- 428. - Why not? He's gorgeous.
- I would.
- 429. Just as I was leaving with the fruit,
- 430. "I believe all the workers of the world
should unite." So I thought:
- 431. "I can help you
with that one straight away."
- 432. So I did.
- 433. Hey, Peter. Bobby here.
What can I do for you?
- 434. We've got another dispute,
- 435. Another one? Who is it this week?
- 436. It's the women.
- 437. Quick. Quick, quick.
- 438. Come along, girls.
- 439. You're gonna get soaked, love.
- 440. Oh, no.
They're gonna drip, aren't they?
- 441. - It'll pass.
- What are we gonna do now?
- 442. Pubs ain't even open.
- 443. Just wanna have some chips.
- 444. I suppose we've done a full day,
- 445. - We have, haven't we?
- 446. I have gotta get
down the dogs later.
- 447. Yeah. I did promise my mum
I'd cook her tea.
- 448. Did you?
- 449. Oh, sod it. We've registered
the protest, haven't we?
- 450. Yeah.
- 451. Go on. School's out.
- 452. Home time.
- 453. Onwards and upwards, Rita.
- 454. - Well done, girls.
- See you.
- 455. Hey, and Rita, well done.
- 456. It was your gob what got us
here, wasn't it?
- 457. Sandra?
- 458. I've just been
round to your house.
- 459. I've just been round to your house.
- 460. I thought you would've
gone home ages ago.
- 461. No.
- 462. I'm lucky if I can get the lads
to hold out for a full hour.
- 463. Look, I wanted a little chat.
- 464. You fancy a cup of tea?
- 465. I can't. I'm sorry, I've got stuff to...
- 466. Go on, then. Seeing as it's pelting
it down, a quick cuppa won't hurt.
- 467. Over there by the window.
- 468. I'm dripping all over the floor.
- 469. Come on, Albert, spit it out.
- 470. Yeah.
- 471. Sorry.
It's all right.
- 472. This dispute's got nothing to do
with what skill level you are.
- 473. Ford decided to give you
less money because they can.
- 474. They're allowed to pay women
a lower wage than men.
- 475. All over the country, Rita,
women are getting less
- 476. because they're women.
- 477. You'll always
- 478. You'll always be fighting
over the scraps.
- 479. Until you...
We get equal pay, yeah.
- 480. Yeah.
- 481. What I don't get is
why it's so important to you.
- 482. I got brought up by my mum.
Me and me brothers.
- 483. She worked all her life
- 484. and she paid my Aunt Lil
to take care of us during the day.
- 485. And it was hard.
- 486. Especially as she was
getting less than half
- 487. what the blokes
at the factory was getting
- 488. for doing the same work.
- 489. And there was never any question
that it could be any different.
- 490. Not for her.
- 491. Yeah.
- 492. Someone has gotta stop
these exploiting bastards
- 493. getting away with
what they've been doing for years.
- 494. And you can.
- 495. You can, Rita, believe me.
- 496. What about Connie? I mean, she's shop steward.
We voted for her.
- 497. But this needs a leader.
- 498. Someone to inspire the girls,
to make the points clear.
- 499. And that ain't Connie.
Not at the moment.
- 500. Not with George
the way he is.
- 501. I've already spoke to her.
She's more than happy for you to have a go.
- 502. More than.
- 503. Look, don't say nothing now.
- 504. Just sleep on it. Will you?
- 505. Do you want to wait in here?
- 506. Do you want to wait in here?
No, you're all right.
- 507. It's tipping it down. Please.
- 508. I know. Get in.
- 509. I'll get it all over your car.
Come in, quick, quick, quick.
- 510. Thank you.
- 511. Oh, my God.
Gosh, you're soaked.
- 512. I'm so sorry.
- 513. I'll ruin your car.
We met before, actually.
- 514. Do you remember, in the corridor?
- 515. I've been hoping to run into you
for a day or two, actually.
- 516. Oh, yeah?
- 517. I was wondering if you'd sign a letter.
I'm making a formal complaint
- 518. to the headmaster about
Clarke's use of the cane.
- 519. What?
- 520. He seems to think my son...
Sorry, I mean...
- 521. You were there
for the same reason I was?
- 522. Yes. He was indiscreet enough
to mention you.
- 523. Of course.
- 524. I think he was suggesting
we were hysterical
- 525. and desperately needed
to calm down.
- 526. I had it all straight in my head
what I was gonna tell him
- 527. and what I was gonna say.
- 528. It's just...
Oh, you can't talk to Mr. Clarke.
- 529. I mean, nobody can. He...
You have to listen.
- 530. He's a bully.
Which is why he beats them.
- 531. Yeah.
- 532. Yeah. Go on, then.
Give us a pen.
- 533. Thanks.
- 534. It's stopped.
Yeah. That's just my luck, isn't it?
- 535. Thanks.
- 536. Look, um,
- 537. I know you're not mentioning it because
you're being polite. It's just...
- 538. You know, when we met in
the corridor, I was really upset,
- 539. and I never usually use
that type of language.
- 540. Don't you?
- 541. Because I called Mr. Clarke
a complete cock.
- 542. Oh. Oh!
Did you? Fair enough.
- 543. Well, he is.
- 544. Here they come.
Left a bit of a puddle, now.
- 545. It's all right, David's
getting in the back.
- 546. That dress, I've seen it before,
it's lovely. In Vogue.
- 547. Oh, thanks. It's Biba.
- 548. Is it? Well...
Well, it's still gorgeous.
- 549. Have a good day, yeah?
You too. Be good.
- 550. And you.
- 551. Hell, Sandra. I think you've had
a bit of shrinkage in the wash.
- 552. Hot pants. Mary Quants.
- 553. Give them back to her,
they look painful.
- 554. I think they look lovely.
- 555. It's like what Brenda said, isn't it?
This ain't Knightsbridge, it's Dagenham.
- 556. If you wanna get spotted,
you gotta stand out more.
- 557. And that's exactly
what I'm gonna do.
- 558. - Yesterday were great, weren't it?
- Being on strike?
- 559. Yeah.
- 560. It's a glimpse, isn't it?
Of how it could be.
- 561. Well, that's what
it's about, isn't it?
- 562. Pitch-bleeding-black. I couldn't
see me hand in front of me face.
- 563. Finally when he turns the lights on, it
was actually stuck to me bottom lash.
- 564. She got fired.
- 565. Blimey.
- 566. I'm here, just. Oh, Christ.
- 567. Rita, l...
No, I just wanna say something.
- 568. Sorry, I just, um...
- 569. If I was to get a bit more involved,
you know, with Albert,
- 570. it's only because
I've got a gob on me.
- 571. You're the heartbeat of this
place, always have been.
- 572. Rita, look at me,
all at sixes and sevens.
- 573. You can do this and
- 574. Here we go.
- 575. Man!
- 576. Brian.
- 577. Hello, Brian.
- 578. Is that a cotton bob in your pocket
or a hard-on?
- 579. - What's he doing?
- Having a fiddle.
- 580. Here, Con. Pass them out, girls.
- 581. Yeah, come on, Rita.
Go on, Rita. Give them hell.
- 582. Ignore it.
- 583. Standard issue,
day after a walkout.
- 584. Have you
seen the language?
- 585. "Your aggressive disregard
for the existing complaints procedure."
- 586. Tone of that?
They don't mean it.
- 587. So why are they saying it?
That's how we've always done it.
- 588. All the other strikes.
It's like the rules.
- 589. Oh, no, no, no. I'm sorry.
- 590. Sorry, we ain't playing that game.
We ain't your men.
- 591. We're us. And we certainly won't
be addressed in this manner.
- 592. No.
- 593. All those in favor
of not only maintaining
- 594. but increasing our current action
by going to an all-out stoppage
- 595. until we get the same rates of pay
as the men?
- 596. What?
- 597. Why not? Because that's what
this is really about, isn't it?
- 598. We're on the lowest rate
in the whole factory
- 599. despite the fact
we've got considerable skill.
- 600. And there's only one possible
reason for that.
- 601. It's because we're women.
- 602. And in the workplace, women get paid
less no matter what skill they got.
- 603. Which is why, from now on,
we gotta demand a level playing field
- 604. and rates of pay
which reflect the job,
- 605. not whether you've got
a dick or not.
- 606. This strike is about one thing
- 607. - Yeah.
- That's right.
- 608. Equal pay or nothing.
- 609. All those in favor?
- 610. Everybody out.
- 611. Well, it's got
nothing to do with me.
- 612. An all-out stoppage?
- 613. Also, the specifics of this strike,
they've widened out a bit.
- 614. Christ.
- 615. Shit.
- 616. Fucking Ada. Equal pay?
What were you thinking, Monty?
- 617. It wasn't me, it was Albert.
He went behind me back.
- 618. Really, Monty?
He's a loose cannon.
- 619. You wanna haul someone
over the coals, he's your man.
- 620. The bloody troublemaker.
- 621. Get him in.
- 622. I tried to protect you, Albert.
- 623. But you're gonna get
such a fucking bollocking.
- 624. Come on, then.
- 625. This is awkward, Albert.
You know that, don't you?
- 626. It jeopardizes a whole raft
of other negotiations
- 627. that the unions are already at
loggerheads with management over.
- 628. Look, comrade,
- 629. basically, you encouraging
these women to get all militant...
- 630. It shifts resources
away from the blokes,
- 631. who are the ones at the coalface.
- 632. We ain't unsympathetic,
- 633. but as a union, we have
to remember who comes first.
- 634. The Communist Party
and Marx himself said:
- 635. "Men write their own history."
That's "men," Albert.
- 636. But didn't he also say,
- 637. "Progress can be measured by the
social position of the female sex"?
- 638. Or was that a different Marx?
That was Groucho, was it?
- 639. Equal pay across the board.
- 640. You telling me that
ain't worth fighting for?
- 641. Of course it is.
And you know it.
- 642. I'll tell you something.
- 643. This Rita has got a bigger set of balls
than you three put together.
- 644. And she ain't scared to
lay them on the line neither.
- 645. And I, for one, am gonna help her.
- 646. And if you are
what you say you are,
- 647. an organization pledged
to support its members,
- 648. then you'll get off your lazy, fat arses
and you'll help her too.
- 649. Good fucking evening.
- 650. They can't expect us to
carry on being graded unskilled.
- 651. Unskilled, my arse.
- 652. We're here to put across our point of view
about what's going on. It ain't fair.
- 653. And also about how it's a part
of something bigger, much bigger.
- 654. What about a little bit of support
- 655. Come on, mate.
- 656. You might learn something
if you just listened.
- 657. The time has come for
all women to say "enough."
- 658. We do not and we will not
accept this any longer.
- 659. Ow!
Dad, the pan.
- 660. Bollocks!
- 661. No, Daddy didn't mean that.
- 662. Thank you. Thank you very much.
- 663. That was magnificent.
That was wonderful.
- 664. Be back in a minute.
- 665. You're doing the same
work for Ford here in Liverpool
- 666. that we're doing for them
down in Dagenham.
- 667. So you know that our job is skilled.
- 668. She's a bit of all right.
- 669. Think beyond that.
- 670. I'm asking you to strike now
for all women, not just machinists.
- 671. Leave him alone.
He's gotta concentrate.
- 672. Go, get back.
Have a word with him.
- 673. And what is right
is that every single one of us
- 674. is entitled to the same pay as men.
- 675. Yeah!
- 676. That's my girl.
- 677. Will all those in favor
please put your hands in the air now?
- 678. Yeah!
- 679. Yeah.
- 680. Well...
- 681. How'd you get on?
- 682. We slaughtered them.
Every single one of them came out.
- 683. It was incredible
- 684. Well done.
- 685. Go and check on the kids.
Give them a quick kiss good night.
- 686. Gonna take some
money, all right?
- 687. Oh, no. What happened?
- 688. Dad.
- 689. Tell him to give it
another go, yeah?
- 690. I'm off. See you later. You're all right
taking them to school, aren't you?
- 691. Of course.
You're all right with that?
- 692. Everything's all right, isn't it?
Yeah, why wouldn't it be?
- 693. No reason. Have a good day.
See you later.
- 694. This is me last one.
- 695. Ey?
The shirt, I just noticed.
- 696. Oh, yeah.
Sorry, I forgot.
- 697. Forgot washing Monday.
I'll do it tonight.
- 698. Right.
- 699. - Take care of your dad.
- Bye, Mum.
- 700. Have a good day.
- 701. Oh, dear.
- 702. Come on.
Come on, girls.
- 703. Equal pay.
- 704. Equal pay.
- 705. Equal pay.
- 706. Which way?
Wait a minute.
- 707. No, Ri, it's here.
It's down this way.
- 708. It must be up here.
Anyone got a map?
- 709. There.
- 710. - There it is.
- Oh, my God.
- 711. - Oh, here we are.
- Here we go.
- 712. We want respect. We want respect.
- 713. We want respect. We want respect.
- 714. Get the banner up.
Look, get that.
- 715. There.
Equal pay for women!
- 716. - I'll support you.
- Thank you for your support.
- 717. Equal pay for women.
- 718. Women workers for equal pay.
- 719. - We want respect.
- Darling, over here.
- 720. We want respect!
- 721. Hey!
- 722. I finish at 4. Give us a call, love?
- 723. I never thought
we'd get this backing.
- 724. Show us what you got.
- 725. Hold on, girls!
- 726. We're not entirely unfurled, look.
- 727. Don't we all?
- 728. I know the feeling.
- 729. Don't look, boys.
- 730. In their campaign for equal pay,
- 731. women workers
of Ford Dagenham
- 732. brought their protest
to Westminster today.
- 733. Some didn't need
- 734. to demonstrate
their feminine charms.
- 735. It's interesting, all this politics,
when you get down to it. Oh, sorry.
- 736. How long will they stay out?
Must be starting to bite.
- 737. As long as it takes.
Does your husband support you?
- 738. He has to.
- 739. Yes, of course he does.
- 740. And we all supported the men
when they went out on strike. Yeah.
- 741. Does it bother you that you've been
described as the Revlon revolutionary?
- 742. Have they been in touch
about doing some modeling?
- 743. I don't think so.
I think you're talking to the wrong girl.
- 744. Actually...
- 745. No, I prefer to focus on
the issues of the strike.
- 746. What makes this strike different
is it's not about a specific pay...
- 747. Ain't that something, eh?
Yeah, she's doing all right.
- 748. This is Laurie Cannon,
BBC News, at Westmin...
- 749. She mentioned you
on the telly there, Ed.
- 750. I tell you what, that's
some woman you got there.
- 751. Right. I gotta get going.
- 752. Gotta fetch the kids.
Rita reckons they ain't gonna be back till 6,
- 753. so I need to get them sorted.
Get your apron.
- 754. Shut up, you.
- 755. Tell her to get her finger out.
It's gone on long enough.
- 756. I don't think
they're dragging it out.
- 757. It's all right for you,
it's different for me.
- 758. I can't be doing with this strike.
Yeah, I know that, and they'll settle it.
- 759. Soon as they can.
- 760. See you tomorrow.
Yeah. See you later, Ed.
- 761. Top it up, would you,
- 762. There's nothing I can do about it.
Come and have a look for yourself.
- 763. That's what I'm saying,
you've had them all.
- 764. There are no more finished seats.
- 765. Frank, what do you
want me to do?
- 766. We're going home, mate.
- 767. No more seats, no more jobs.
- 768. For any of us.
- 769. You lot are a bit early, aren't you?
- 770. Hey, what's going on?
You've shut the factory.
- 771. Well done.
- 772. Ford's Dagenham.
The plant is mainly idle.
- 773. With thousands laid off, strike bound,
and production barely ticking over,
- 774. millions of vital pounds being lost
in export orders.
- 775. And until there's
an answer to the rift
- 776. between management
and Ford's machinists,
- 777. the factory gates will remain closed
indefinitely to the entire work force.
- 778. You all right?
- 779. Been busy, have you?
- 780. Yeah.
- 781. It's the final push, Eddie.
- 782. Entire main plant closed down.
- 783. Ford can't afford that, so...
- 784. I mean, I'm sorry about you
and the lads and everything.
- 785. Oh, no, don't worry about us, Rita.
We was only saying on the way out
- 786. it's warm weather at the moment.
Cut the gas off, we'll hardly notice.
- 787. Yeah.
- 788. Well, the thing is, Eddie,
you know, I know how you feel.
- 789. All them times
you've been on strike
- 790. and us girls come out
in support of you men.
- 791. It's meant no work for us either.
- 792. Yeah.
- 793. Have you got something
on your mind, Eddie?
- 794. Ey?
Got something on your mind?
- 795. Got nothing on me mind.
- 796. I'm fine. I'd say.
- 797. Good.
- 798. It ain't been
the easiest day for me either.
- 799. Thank you for waiting.
I have Mr. Ford for you gentlemen.
- 800. I thought your
boy said he could handle this.
- 801. Do we even know
what we're dealing with?
- 802. Socialist Workers Party?
Workers Revolutionary Party?
- 803. Revolutionary
- 804. Who's she with?
- 805. Well, we don't actually think
she's with anyone, sir.
- 806. We actually don't think
she's a communist. She looks...
- 807. I don't care if she looks
- 808. I wanna know
why she's acting like this.
- 809. As a matter of fact,
she hasn't got a political background
- 810. either inside or outside the union.
Her husband is a moderate.
- 811. We just think she's got a beef.
- 812. A beef? Heh. Have you tried getting
a decent steak in England?
- 813. If this woman gets what she wants,
- 814. we'll end up having to do it
right across the world.
- 815. Do you understand that?
- 816. Yes, sir, I do.
- 817. So deal with it.
- 818. Guess you'll be getting
the next flight.
- 819. Yeah.
- 820. Prime Minister, I don't
think you appreciate the urgency...
- 821. The urgency of the situation.
- 822. Fetch. Good dog, Barry.
- 823. - That's it.
- Prime Minister?
- 824. Until you help me,
I cannot get this country back to work.
- 825. I understand that, but we need to tread carefully.
Draw the unions in.
- 826. We have to acknowledge
that without the unions,
- 827. there would be no Labour Party.
- 828. I was a member
of the trade union movement
- 829. while you were still
at your mother's breast.
- 830. Unless you've got something to add
beyond the obvious,
- 831. I'd prefer it if you keep quiet.
Harold, you asked me to do this job.
- 832. You appointed me.
- 833. You're the best man in my
cabinet, I often say that.
- 834. Harold, I cannot do it without you.
- 835. I need you.
Jack Scamp, he's your man.
- 836. Any impasse, get Jack in.
- 837. Sits them all around a table,
beer and pork pie.
- 838. Straight-talking negotiation.
He's the way forward.
- 839. Beer and pork pie?
- 840. Might not do
for the latest one down at Ford.
- 841. A hundred and eighty-seven
machinists, all women.
- 842. Well, perhaps we can get them
a finger buffet in, eh?
- 843. Finger buffet? Good.
- 844. - So how was the flight?
- It was long.
- 845. I'm sorry to drag you over.
- 846. Well, they're taking this
very seriously, right at the top.
- 847. Come in, my wife's cooking dinner.
- 848. Well, I don't wanna be any trouble.
Honestly, it's the least I can do.
- 849. Lisa, this is Robert Tooley.
- 850. Pleasure to meet you.
- 851. At last.
- 852. I was telling Peter that I'm perfectly
happy to eat later at the hotel so...
- 853. It's really no problem.
She loves to cook, don't you?
- 854. Let me take your hat and coat.
- 855. Come through, have a drink.
I'll run you back when we're finished.
- 856. Thank you. It was delicious.
- 857. Lovely.
- 858. Can you bring some brandy glasses
back in with you?
- 859. Absolutely.
Lisa? Do you mind if I call you Lisa?
- 860. You must have quite a head
on your shoulders.
- 861. Peter tells me that you read
history at Cambridge?
- 862. - Yes, I did.
- Do you mind if I ask
- 863. what do you think of our little
problem over at the factory?
- 864. Do you think maybe
he's a bit too much velvet glove?
- 865. Not enough iron fist?
Oh, not at all, no.
- 866. No, quite the opposite actually.
Look at Vauxhall.
- 867. They don't have any problems
with the unions
- 868. because General Motors has a more
collaborative approach to management.
- 869. Whereas at Ford, you...
- 870. Well, you only deal with the
unions because you have to.
- 871. You tolerate them.
And as a result, they're more entrenched
- 872. and they're aggressive
in their dealings with you.
- 873. Well, ha-ha, that's a very
progressive point of view.
- 874. Don't you think?
- 875. Cheese.
- 876. We have some Stilton.
Why don't you get that out?
- 877. Right.
- 878. - Yes, good idea.
- That'll be terrific, thank you.
- 879. Come on, girls. There's a cauliflower
or cabbage for everyone.
- 880. Cauliflower again?
Haven't got anything else?
- 881. Blimey, he must love you.
- 882. I've never had real pineapple.
- 883. - Let her know it's yours.
- Go on, Mum.
- 884. Sandra, here's your strike pay.
- 885. Three quid?
Yeah, I know it's not much.
- 886. It's all the union can afford, I'm afraid.
Better than nothing.
- 887. I'll take it back if you don't want it.
- 888. Oh, all right then.
- 889. Sandra, cauliflower or cabbage?
- 890. - I'm fine, thanks.
- Come on, take one.
- 891. No, I'm all right.
- 892. I've gotta go, actually.
- 893. So I'll see you all later.
- 894. See you later.
- 895. This one's for Connie, you seen her?
- 896. I'll give it to her.
- 897. Oh, is that Connie's? I'll take it.
No, it ain't all your responsibility.
- 898. Yeah, I know.
I wanna see her anyway.
- 899. - Is that real pineapple?
- You bet.
- 900. Can I have some?
Go on, help yourself.
- 901. - See you.
- See you.
- 902. - Bye.
- Later, Rita.
- 903. Come on, girls, get stuck in.
- 904. There you go. My God.
- 905. - So sweet.
- Yeah, it's just like him.
- 906. Connie?
Connie, are you there?
- 907. Got you a present.
- 908. It's from Brenda's fella.
Makes a change from potatoes, eh?
- 909. Albert's been in touch.
There's a meeting down the union.
- 910. Sounds important.
Thinks we should be there.
- 911. No, I don't think so.
- 912. What are you talking about?
- 913. Connie?
- 914. George is ill, Rita.
You know that.
- 915. He's touched.
- 916. The strike's just whipping everything up.
I've gotta put him first.
- 917. Look, Connie, I know it's hard...
No, you don't.
- 918. I'm not his wife anymore.
I'm more like his sister or his...
- 919. But I'm his.
- 920. That's all he's got left.
- 921. Connie, I ain't saying
you gotta give up on him.
- 922. You've got a life too, you know.
- 923. You gotta live it.
- 924. Or the war's gonna end up
destroying two people.
- 925. George. George. Shh, shh.
- 926. It's all right, it's all right,
I'm here, I'm here, I'm here.
- 927. It doesn't matter.
I'll change it, come on.
- 928. Out you come.
What the hell do you care?
- 929. I know what you're up to.
You're gonna put me away!
- 930. George. Stop it.
Stop. Stop. Stop.
- 931. I'm sorry.
- 932. I'm sorry.
- 933. Monty, this is Mr. Tooley, he's from...
Good afternoon, Mr. Taylor.
- 934. Go break the strike, please.
As soon as possible.
- 935. I'm not sure you appreciate
whose side I'm on.
- 936. Oh, yes, I do. I've been
going through your file here.
- 937. File?
- 938. You seem to be
on your side, Mr. Taylor.
- 939. I beg your pardon?
I don't have to listen to this.
- 940. Yeah, that's it, keep walking and in six
months' time, your union won't exist.
- 941. Industry cannot afford to pay women
the same rates as men, gentlemen.
- 942. That is a fact.
If it is forced to, it will collapse,
- 943. under the weight of the extra wages.
Its workers will get laid off.
- 944. Their union subscriptions
- 945. and so will the unions
which collect them.
- 946. That means you, Monty.
- 947. You would no longer have any reason
to visit these gentlemen via the...
- 948. What is it? Berni Inn, is it?
- 949. The Queen's Head? The Chequers?
Wow, that's a lot of restaurants.
- 950. Not to mention the all-expenses-paid
trips to the party conferences
- 951. to the union conferences.
In Paris, no less.
- 952. The Gallic rank and file.
Good on you, Monty.
- 953. These women get what they want
and you're fucked.
- 954. I'd start thinking less about
what your union can do for you
- 955. and more about what
you can do for your union.
- 956. Go break the strike.
- 957. Please.
- 958. Personnel files,
- 959. Everyone's got a weakness,
you just have to find it.
- 960. Hello?
- 961. Yeah, hello, yes. Yeah, it is.
- 962. It's all right. I got your note.
- 963. Sorry, I was busy
when you came round.
- 964. What?
- 965. Really?
- 966. Hello, Gordon. You all right?
- 967. Yeah, I'm all right. You all right?
Yeah, I'm all right.
- 968. Yeah? Course you are.
Well, you don't have to work, do you?
- 969. Ey?
- 970. You can afford to have principles.
I mean, you ain't the breadwinner.
- 971. It's nice. It's a bit extra, but you
don't have to. I have to fucking work.
- 972. Pay the electric and the food
and the coal, the fucking basics.
- 973. Only now I can't.
- 974. Fucking idiot.
- 975. Do you believe
in this women's strike?
- 976. No, I don't.
They shouldn't get the same as lads.
- 977. You don't believe in equal pay?
- 978. No, no, no. Not for women.
- 979. The men are the breadwinners.
The women shouldn't strike
- 980. because a lot of them husbands
- 981. Now that the lads have been made
redundant, they're gonna be nervous.
- 982. And Monty, Ford has
rattled him, I can tell.
- 983. So be careful what news
you share with him, all right?
- 984. That's our fridge.
- 985. Excuse me.
What's going on?
- 986. We ain't paid the HP.
- 987. Last of mine went in the electric bill.
How are you set?
- 988. You want me to hold
the door open for you?
- 989. Go on. I'll make life
a little bit easier for you.
- 990. You spent the money.
- 991. Spent the last of the emergency,
out of the repair kit.
- 992. I had to pay the milkman. Not that
it matters, we ain't got a fridge.
- 993. Why?
What do you mean, why?
- 994. Could have put him off till next week.
He wanted paying.
- 995. Should've told him we didn't have it.
- 996. I'm in charge of the money.
- 997. Ain't much fucking good at it, are you?
We might have some left.
- 998. Welcome to the real world, Rita.
This is being on strike.
- 999. You run out of cash and you
end up screaming at each other.
- 1000. What happened to you?
Oh, shut up.
- 1001. Don't you tell me "shut up." Eddie...
- 1002. All right, Marge?
I thought you were back at work.
- 1003. Can you come in now?
In a minute.
- 1004. No, no, we're still on strike.
- 1005. Sharon.
I was sure
- 1006. I saw your Sandra
down the factory.
- 1007. Sandra?
Yeah, it was her.
- 1008. Love, in a minute.
I'll see you later, all right?
- 1009. All right.
- 1010. I'm sorry, love.
Mummy's gotta sort something.
- 1011. But you said...
Yeah, I know I did.
- 1012. Eddie? Eddie,
can you look after Sharon?
- 1013. I'll be back later, love.
It's all right, sweetheart.
- 1014. Yes. I like this.
This is beautiful. Hi. Sally, is it?
- 1015. Sandra.
- 1016. Okay, chin up for me.
Find this light up here.
- 1017. Find the birdie. There we go.
- 1018. That's a little bit sexy.
Okay, there we go.
- 1019. Fabulous, you're a natural.
Let's go down on the floor, here.
- 1020. I like that. I like that.
- 1021. And I fucking well like that.
- 1022. I don't know about you guys,
I've forgotten about the car.
- 1023. That's great. Let's go up here.
Let's go nice and high now, guys.
- 1024. Straight into the camera.
- 1025. Sandra.
- 1026. Keep that. Just keep
the pose going there, Sandra.
- 1027. I'm sorry, can I just take a minute?
- 1028. Do you wanna get...?
I need a minute.
- 1029. Sure.
- 1030. This is something I've always wanted.
- 1031. I mean, I don't even know
if I really care about equal pay.
- 1032. I mean, it's still a shitty factory.
- 1033. This is just a brochure,
but, you know...
- 1034. It's only trade, but it'll lead on.
- 1035. Get my foot in the door,
- 1036. I just don't wanna let you down.
You haven't let us down.
- 1037. You haven't gone back to work,
- 1038. Because that's
the deal here, isn't it?
- 1039. They set up this shoot,
you go back to work?
- 1040. Only you haven't gone back
to work, have you? So...
- 1041. But if they don't use these photos...
- 1042. Look at you.
- 1043. You are a model.
- 1044. You're a natural.
- 1045. They couldn't get better.
- 1046. You could, though.
- 1047. There she is.
Up against the clock now, my love.
- 1048. Come along. Drape yourself across
this vehicle. I shall avert my eyes.
- 1049. How's this look?
- 1050. No?
- 1051. Hi, Mum.
- 1052. Mum, we've gotta go.
- 1053. Yes. Sorry, darling.
- 1054. You're going, are you?
You know I am. I said.
- 1055. Rita asked me to go special.
- 1056. You gotta fight for what you believe in.
You know that more than anyone.
- 1057. You think I'd do the same again?
If another war come round?
- 1058. I know you would.
- 1059. I love you.
- 1060. Go.
- 1061. Minister, the unions
- 1062. The other unions.
Normally, they all band together.
- 1063. Yes, I gather
that's called solidarity.
- 1064. They're not being solid.
The men want to return to work.
- 1065. So they're telling unions to withdraw
support, put pressure on the women.
- 1066. They'll be back within the week.
- 1067. You're assuming the girls will
do as they're told.
- 1068. It's not my fault.
- 1069. Connie.
You said it was important.
- 1070. Thanks.
Listen, I'm sorry I'm late.
- 1071. We've got to talk
before this meeting.
- 1072. They're ready for you now.
This way, ladies.
- 1073. They've hung you out to dry.
Lads in the other unions have had enough.
- 1074. So whatever they say to you now,
don't believe it.
- 1075. We'll sort it out later, all right?
- 1076. We're absolutely behind you still,
Rita. You and the girls.
- 1077. We're not saying otherwise.
- 1078. We've got other representatives from
other unions to pledge their support.
- 1079. You haven't got them all though, have you?
The important ones.
- 1080. No, but we're very confident
- 1081. The thing is though, we've got the
national conference coming up.
- 1082. The most sensible thing, probably,
would be just go to a vote.
- 1083. Which would be the actual final and
binding position, I believe, comrade.
- 1084. After which, it'd be out of our hands.
That's right, Monty.
- 1085. As I say,
we're expecting full support.
- 1086. We gotta get down to
Eastbourne and talk to them first.
- 1087. "Actual final and binding
position, comrade." Cheeky sod.
- 1088. That Monty is a sly one
though, isn't he?
- 1089. I can't wait to see his face
when we turn up down there.
- 1090. See you tomorrow.
We can deal with him, Con.
- 1091. We can deal with anyone.
That's right, comrade.
- 1092. No! No, George!
- 1093. No!
- 1094. Connie! Connie!
- 1095. Connie.
- 1096. George!
Connie! Connie, let me in!
- 1097. It's okay. Dear God.
- 1098. May the blessing of God Almighty,
- 1099. the Father, the Son
and the Holy Spirit
- 1100. be with you always. Amen.
- 1101. Amen.
- 1102. I'm so sorry, Connie.
- 1103. No, you're not.
- 1104. What?
- 1105. You thought he was a millstone.
You thought he was keeping me back.
- 1106. Hey, Con, that's enough.
- 1107. I should've been there.
- 1108. I'm all right.
It's all right.
- 1109. I know.
- 1110. Hello.
- 1111. This is a surprise.
Yes, I'm sorry. I'm sorry it's so late.
- 1112. I nearly didn't come at all.
It's all right.
- 1113. I...
- 1114. Sorry, yeah.
Do you want a cup of tea?
- 1115. To be honest, I'm not feeling
chatty today. I'm sorry.
- 1116. No, it's fine, really. I really don't
want to keep you. It's just, um...
- 1117. Mr. Clarke's been asked
to leave the school.
- 1118. We won.
They're getting rid of him.
- 1119. Right. Of course, yeah.
Oh, that's great.
- 1120. I just...
- 1121. Well, I wanted to tell you.
Well, cheers. Thanks.
- 1122. Anyway, I'm sorry to bother you.
Not at all, thanks.
- 1123. I'm married to
- 1124. Sorry, what?
At the factory.
- 1125. I had a feeling that you didn't know.
And I didn't know who you were.
- 1126. With the strike.
- 1127. Sorry, I don't understand.
- 1128. I'm sorry, if you've come here
to tell me to back off,
- 1129. I wasn't joking.
I've had a hell of a day and...
- 1130. Oh, no. Oh, no.
- 1131. Keep going. Please, keep going.
- 1132. Do you know who I am?
Who I actually am?
- 1133. No.
I'm Lisa Burnett, I'm 31 years old.
- 1134. I have
a first-class honors degree
- 1135. from one of the finest universities
in the world.
- 1136. And my husband treats me
like I'm a fool.
- 1137. And when I was studying
for my degree,
- 1138. I was very, very happy.
- 1139. And mostly because of the work.
Because I loved reading
- 1140. about all these extraordinary people
- 1141. And...
- 1142. And I just wondered what it felt like.
- 1143. So let me know, will you,
when you finish doing it?
- 1144. I don't know.
- 1145. Don't give up.
- 1146. Don't let me down.
- 1147. Rita, wait! Where are you going?
Eastbourne. I left you a note.
- 1148. - I thought you changed your mind.
- I gotta go.
- 1149. Rita? Look, Rita, just stop.
- 1150. What, Eddie?
Just listen to me. Just...
- 1151. We've gotta sort this out.
- 1152. Eddie...
No, no, no, we have, right? Just...
- 1153. Look, I know it ain't been
good between us lately,
- 1154. which I ain't about
to make worse.
- 1155. Eddie...
Just listen to me.
- 1156. Look, if I ain't appreciated
what you've done recently...
- 1157. Gotta catch a bus.
I really am sorry,
- 1158. but you ain't been
- 1159. This really ain't the time, Eddie.
Yes, it is, because it needs saying.
- 1160. I know you reckon I ain't bothered
about the important things.
- 1161. And I drift along and I'm more
interested in fiddling with motorbikes
- 1162. or making tents out of seat covers,
but, you know, I try me best.
- 1163. You know? I have a go.
- 1164. I like a drink, but I ain't out
on the beer every night
- 1165. or screwing other women or...
- 1166. And I've never once
raised me hand.
- 1167. Ever. Or the kids.
- 1168. Christ.
- 1169. Why you looking like that?
- 1170. Right. You're a saint now, is that
what you're telling me, Eddie?
- 1171. You're a bleeding saint?
Because you give us an even break?
- 1172. What are you saying?
That is as it should be. Jesus, Eddie.
- 1173. What do you think
this strike's all been about?
- 1174. Actually you're right.
You don't go on the drink.
- 1175. Don't gamble, you join in with the kids,
you don't knock us about. Lucky me.
- 1176. For Christ's sake, Eddie,
that's as it should be!
- 1177. You try and understand that.
- 1178. Rights, it's not privileges.
It's that easy. It really bloody is.
- 1179. Didn't think you were coming.
- 1180. Very good, gentlemen.
Can I call on Monty Taylor,
- 1181. Senior Convener, Ford Dagenham?
- 1182. Thank you, I shall try to be brief.
If you would.
- 1183. The great achievements
- 1184. depended on slow progress.
- 1185. Step by step.
- 1186. Hence, I am here because I feel
that my union, in backing
- 1187. these lovely, brave ladies,
- 1188. these Boadiceas in hairnets,
- 1189. On their way to a fight for equal pay,
no matter what.
- 1190. But we have to think about
the trade union struggle as a whole.
- 1191. Therefore, gentlemen, I ask you
- 1192. to consider these ladies' demands
too much, too soon.
- 1193. Monty Taylor, you two-faced,
- 1194. You fucking piece of...
- 1195. Hang on.
No, you hang on!
- 1196. Sorry, gentlemen.
- 1197. Hey, we'll sort this out
between ourselves later, eh?
- 1198. Monty, I've seen more of their mugs
on the front pages the past few weeks
- 1199. than you've managed
in 20 years.
- 1200. I wouldn't mind hearing from them.
- 1201. Go on. Go on.
- 1202. My best friend
lost her husband recently.
- 1203. He was...
- 1204. He was a gunner in
the 50 Squadron in the RAF.
- 1205. Got shot down one time
on a raid to Essen.
- 1206. And even though he was badly
injured, he managed to bail out.
- 1207. I asked him why he joined the RAF
and he said:
- 1208. "Well, they got the best women,
- 1209. Which they did.
- 1210. And then he said, "Well, you gotta
do something, haven't you?"
- 1211. You had to do something.
That was a given.
- 1212. Because it was a matter of principle.
- 1213. You had to stand up,
you had to do what was right.
- 1214. Otherwise you wouldn't be able
to look at yourself in the mirror.
- 1215. When did that change, eh?
- 1216. When did we, in this country,
decide to stop fighting?
- 1217. I don't think we ever did.
- 1218. But you've gotta back us up.
- 1219. You've gotta stand up with us.
- 1220. We are the working classes.
The men and the women.
- 1221. We're not separated by sex.
- 1222. But only by those who are
willing to accept injustice
- 1223. and those,
like our friend George,
- 1224. who are prepared to go into battle
for what is right.
- 1225. And equal pay for women is right.
- 1226. Thank you.
- 1227. I never knew you
could talk like that.
- 1228. Scorch marks all the way up the curtains
where Monty's arse caught fire.
- 1229. Hello. Excuse me.
- 1230. Gin.
- 1231. I need to calm my nerves.
They might vote against us.
- 1232. - How long we gotta wait?
- They said half an hour.
- 1233. You know what we can do?
Stick it on Monty.
- 1234. - Brilliant.
- You're a genius.
- 1235. - In that case, I'll have a double.
- 1236. - Double gin.
- 1237. - Excuse me.
- What do you want, Rita?
- 1238. Where's she gone?
Most probably needs some air.
- 1239. Can we have Babycham?
- 1240. I've come to say sorry.
- 1241. I mean, I thought about
what you said and
- 1242. you were right,
- 1243. You are right.
- 1244. And it's amazing what
you've done, Rita O'Grady.
- 1245. And I wanna back you.
See, I was gonna tell you that.
- 1246. Only then when I come in
and you were speaking
- 1247. and I heard you up there,
and you was huge.
- 1248. You was...
- 1249. I don't know.
- 1250. Like a force.
- 1251. Then I thought
- 1252. I'm not sure me backing you makes
that much difference, to be honest.
- 1253. Where you are now.
- 1254. Anyway, go on,
you go back to your meeting.
- 1255. I'm gonna...
- 1256. Eddie?
- 1257. You've said some pretty
stupid things in your time.
- 1258. Of course you backing me
makes a difference.
- 1259. It makes all the difference
in the world.
- 1260. Very good, gentlemen.
- 1261. The results of the vote
are as follows:
- 1262. Delegates in favor of support
for the women machinists:
- 1263. Seventy-nine.
- 1264. Delegates against:
- 1265. Forty-eight.
- 1266. I declare the motion carried in favor
of the Dagenham machinists.
- 1267. Their bloody unions
are back in line.
- 1268. It's verbatim. Our man was there.
- 1269. Well, well, well.
- 1270. It really does seem time
to call in Sir Jack.
- 1271. Good. I'll do that, then.
- 1272. I'll set up a court of inquiry
which he can oversee
- 1273. and let's hope
that does the trick.
- 1274. Oh, yes. One more thing.
Set up a meeting, will you?
- 1275. Minister?
With the machinists.
- 1276. Their leaders.
- 1277. I want to meet them.
At the earliest opportunity.
- 1278. But...
- 1279. The minister doesn't do that...
Never has done.
- 1280. It'll just encourage them.
Give credence to their cause.
- 1281. I am what is known
as a fiery redhead.
- 1282. Now, I hate to make this
a matter of appearance
- 1283. and go all womanly on you,
but there you have it.
- 1284. And me standing up
like this is, in fact,
- 1285. just that redheaded fieriness
leaping to the fore.
- 1286. Credence? I will give
credence to their cause?
- 1287. My God, their cause
already has credence!
- 1288. It is equal pay.
Equal pay is common justice
- 1289. and if you two weren't such a pair
of egotistical, chauvinistic,
- 1290. bigoted dunderheads,
you would realize that.
- 1291. Oh, my office is run
- 1292. And I am sick of being
patronized, spoken down to
- 1293. and generally treated
as if I was the May queen.
- 1294. Set up the meeting!
- 1295. Morning, Ed.
All right, Albert?
- 1296. Yeah.
- 1297. Now, listen. Listen to me.
- 1298. Now, there's no reason
to panic, Rita.
- 1299. Okay.
- 1300. Only, I've had a call
from Barbara Castle's office.
- 1301. Oh, my God.
- 1302. Eddie.
What's happened now?
- 1303. Barbara Castle
wants to talk to me.
- 1304. Well done.
- 1305. Cheers.
- 1306. The secretary of state is seeing the women?
On whose authority?
- 1307. On her own, apparently. I gather
Mrs. Castle is quite a forceful woman.
- 1308. Is she?
What are you doing?
- 1309. I represent Ford. We are the biggest
car manufacturer in the world.
- 1310. We pump millions of pounds
into the U.K. Economy.
- 1311. I think it's time my bosses reminded
one or two people of that fact.
- 1312. Have you or have you not invited
the Ford women to your offices?
- 1313. Prime Minister...
I've just spent the last half-hour
- 1314. on the phone to Ford, reassuring
him that my government
- 1315. isn't on the side of the strikers.
It isn't taking sides.
- 1316. We have to grasp the nettle.
Now is not the time.
- 1317. Ten years ago,
you were adamant.
- 1318. I wasn't running the country then.
- 1319. See the women if that's
what you want to do.
- 1320. But whatever you do,
do not upset Ford.
- 1321. I've got enough trouble
with the Americans as it is.
- 1322. It's all right.
It's your missus I'm after. Is she in?
- 1323. Rita? What are you doing here?
- 1324. Rita?
- 1325. I need a favor.
- 1326. Come in.
- 1327. Lisa?
- 1328. Come inside.
- 1329. Everything all right?
Want a cup of tea?
- 1330. Yeah.
- 1331. Rita. Smile, please.
- 1332. Over here, ladies.
- 1333. Excuse me, gotta get through.
- 1334. Do you think the
strike will go on? How long?
- 1335. Rita.
Wait a minute.
- 1336. Hey, Connie.
Sorry I'm late.
- 1337. You made it.
- 1338. What if Mrs. Castle says "no deal"?
How will you cope?
- 1339. Cope? How will we cope?
- 1340. We're women. Now,
don't ask such stupid questions.
- 1341. Ladies, ladies.
Come up. This way, please.
- 1342. Come on, this is it.
All right. See you later.
- 1343. Stay back, please, gentlemen.
- 1344. Follow me.
- 1345. Mr. Tooley.
- 1346. I wasn't expecting you.
But you are meeting with the women.
- 1347. I think it is time
I heard their argument, yes.
- 1348. But if you would care to wait, I will
inform you of any decisions we make.
- 1349. I think we both want the same thing, Mrs.
Castle, you and I.
- 1350. I think we wanna see Ford Motors
employing British workers.
- 1351. Ford is a vital part of our economy.
I am well aware of that.
- 1352. Then don't make us build our cars elsewhere.
Help us hold the line here.
- 1353. Support our efforts to combat
these constant strikes
- 1354. which undermine our ability
to build cars at a profit,
- 1355. which is why we're
in business in the first place.
- 1356. Otherwise, we will take
our factories elsewhere.
- 1357. Are you threatening me,
- 1358. I'm trying to stop 40,000 people
from losing their jobs, Mrs. Castle.
- 1359. That's how many workers
- 1360. Not to mention tens of thousands
of peripheral jobs sacrificed.
- 1361. Now, I don't think that either one of
us wants to take that risk, surely.
- 1362. Look, look. Eileen and Monica.
I wonder if they can see us.
- 1363. Get me the prime minister.
- 1364. Yes. Put me through
to Number 10.
- 1365. Yes. Yes. Fine. Thank you.
- 1366. I'm afraid he's on a plane.
Won't land until this evening.
- 1367. Thanks for coming.
- 1368. Connie, I'm so sorry.
- 1369. It's me who needs to apologize.
Don't be silly.
- 1370. The minister will see you now.
- 1371. Here we go.
- 1372. You all right?
- 1373. Ready?
- 1374. Good afternoon.
- 1375. Mrs. O'Grady, I recognize
you from the news.
- 1376. Rita, please.
- 1377. Very pleased to meet you.
Well, and me, you.
- 1378. Sorry. This is Connie.
- 1379. - How do you do?
- 1380. How do you do?
- 1381. Sandra.
- 1382. Well, I'm delighted you could
all come. Please, take a seat.
- 1383. Would you care for a sherry?
- 1384. Be lovely, thank you.
- 1385. Thank you.
- 1386. You haven't got any
whiskey, have you?
- 1387. Here's a woman after my own heart.
- 1388. Make that two.
- 1389. Thank you.
- 1390. Well, cheers.
- 1391. Cheers.
- 1392. Now, I've been following
your dispute very closely
- 1393. and I want to say how proud I am
of the battle that you fought.
- 1394. I fully support the struggle
for equal pay and you will have it.
- 1395. But in time.
- 1396. Industry'll object,
the lords will kick up a fuss,
- 1397. the press will have a field day.
It's not going to be easy.
- 1398. Well, what is
what's worth fighting for?
- 1399. Return to work.
Go back to your machines
- 1400. and you have my word
I will push forward with your fight.
- 1401. No.
- 1402. No, we need something solid.
- 1403. You've got the authority.
You know, we thought seeing you, we'd...
- 1404. In politics, you sometimes
have to play the long game...
- 1405. We ain't politicians,
we're working women.
- 1406. And so are you.
- 1407. Very well.
- 1408. What would it take
to get you back?
- 1409. Excuse me?
- 1410. The "something solid."
- 1411. And mark well, I say something,
- 1412. Well, we'd need...
- 1413. We'd need a guarantee
that we're gonna get equal pay.
- 1414. And in the meantime,
- 1415. we need to move much closer
to the male rate. Now. At Ford.
- 1416. Seventy-five percent?
- 1417. Ninety.
- 1418. Ninety.
- 1419. At least.
- 1420. You're putting me
in a very difficult position.
- 1421. I wasn't too aggressive,
- 1422. No.
- 1423. Mr. Tooley, that risk you were talking about?
I'm going to have to take it.
- 1424. And from Whitehall we're
getting news that talks between Mrs. Castle
- 1425. and the striking Ford machinists
are nearing a conclusion.
- 1426. And a statement is expected
in the next few minutes.
- 1427. Intense interest here...
- 1428. Just a moment please, minister.
Yes, of course.
- 1429. That's Biba, isn't it?
I saw that in a magazine.
- 1430. Yeah. I have to give it back
at the end of the day.
- 1431. Is that C&A?
- 1432. Why pay more? That's what I say.
- 1433. I've got the same one at home.
Have you really?
- 1434. They're ready for you now, minister.
- 1435. Girls?
- 1436. Rita? Rita?
- 1437. Ladies.
No, after you.
- 1438. Oh, no, no.
- 1439. Oh, gosh.
- 1440. Come on, then. Thank you.
- 1441. Rita, is it a positive result?
- 1442. Now, ladies, can I help?
- 1443. Thank you, gentlemen.
Thank you very much.
- 1444. I am delighted to announce
that following our talks this afternoon,
- 1445. the 187 Ford machinists
- 1446. will be going back to work
on the first of July.
- 1447. They will receive an immediate
pay rise of 7 pence an hour.
- 1448. Which will put them
at 92 percent of the male rate.
- 1449. However... However, this is not all.
- 1450. As a result of our discussion,
I can confirm
- 1451. that the government is in full support
of the creation of an Equal Pay Act.
- 1452. And by the autumn of this year,
I guarantee appropriate legislation
- 1453. to ensure that
that act becomes law. Thank you.
- 1454. Yeah!
- 1455. More support from the back there.
- 1456. To celebrate, they let us have
the canteen, and we had a party.
- 1457. I don't remember much of that.
No, I remember you didn't, no.
- 1458. And I thought to myself,
there is some of the old spirit
- 1459. that gave us the success
of the suffragettes.
- 1460. - We are on strike.
- All of you?
- 1461. All of us. All us machinists, anyway.
- 1462. So no car seat covers for Fords?
No, not from us, anyway.
- 1463. You're still staying out?
- 1464. You're not going back at all?
- 1465. Nobody expected us to come out
on strike. Nobody.
- 1466. What we're fighting for,
we'll stay there until we get it.
- 1467. Women don't make a habit
of coming out on strike for nothing.
- 1468. Well, we didn't think we were
- 1469. We didn't think we would
bring Fords to a standstill.
- 1470. It was all down to us. Us ladies.
- 1471. And we are ladies,
whatever anybody else may say.
- 1472. We are ladies.
- 1473. Everybody out!