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FROM THE DURHAM COUNTY ADVERTISER 50 years ago
7:50am Friday 18th May 2012 in Looking Back
‘‘It is open to ten married women, sacked by a Durham plastics firm, to apply for jobs at the factory”. Mr William Mathieson, a director of Plastic Packings Ltd, who run the Mono Containers factory at Dragonville, stated this in giving the firm’s answer to the women’s complaints. Trouble started when 27-year-old Miss Veronica Brown of Easington Lane, was dismissed. The other women organised a petition which it was intended to present to the management asking for Miss Brown to be reinstated. As a result of the organising of this petition, three leading operators were sacked. They were Mrs Mary Hicks and Mrs Dorothy Goddas, of Pittington, and Mrs Kathleen Parsons, of Carrville. When this happened seven other women walked out in sympathy. They said that if the leading operators were to lose their jobs because of the petition, then they who had also signed it were going too.