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Glaswegian care worker receives Eleanor Marx award for women's strike role

A GLASWEGIAN care worker has received the Eleanor Marx award for being a “shining light” in the Glasgow Women’s Strike.

GMB home care branch secretary Shona Thompson was given the award yesterday afternoon to a standing ovation.

Alongside organisers Hazel Nolan and Rhea Wolfson, who both spoke earlier in the day, Ms Thompson was commended for her work on the equal pay strike earlier this year. It won £550 million in compensation money for Glasgow City Council’s female workers.

Ms Thompson said: “I am speechless — for once — to receive this prestigious award on behalf of our sisters in Glasgow.

“It was a fantastic fight we put up and we made history.

“Most importantly what’s come out of this is that the solidarity was absolutely amazing, so thank you all very, very much.

“All these things fundamentally added to our strength.”

The award is given annually at GMB’s conference to an exceptional female trade-union activist.


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