Needs Must when the Devil Drives


Women workers remember their struggles for trade union and women’s rights.

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Producer: Oxford Film and Video Makers
Year Produced: 1989
Running time: 35 minutes
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This video reveals through the memories of women workers their struggles and determination to stand up for both trade union and women’s rights. It was commissioned by Oxford and District Trades Council, and shows the central involvement of women in the 1873 Ascott-under-Wychwood strike of the National Labourers Union, the Workers Union and the 1914 strike at the Bliss Tweed Mill, Chipping Norton, and the establishment of the Transport and General Workers Union in the Cowley Car Plants.

Director/Producer: Ann-Marie Sweeney.

Newly discovered archive material is used, and songs are by Peggy Seeger. ‘It reveals stories from our past which we should all know about… I hope lots of people see it…it’s very good’ – Ken Loach

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