On Friday 29 June 2018 the presentation ceremony for the first ever Mary Turner Award for Young Women was held at Londoneast-UK in Dagenham. The award was commissioned by the GMB trade union to commemorate the life of former National President Mary Turner CBE, and to celebrate the next generation of inspirational women.

We must never forget the strikes at the Dagenham Ford plant. This week we celebrate this major contribution to British post-war history. The brave actions of these local women some 50 years ago led to the Equal Pay Act - a major turning point in achieving equality at work between men and women in this country. Dagenham has a long proud history of working class women standing up for their rights, and the fight they started back in 1968 is one that continues today. We have come on leaps and bounds since 1968 but there is still a prevalent gender pay gap which needs to be overturned.

The Dagenham Jobcentre Plus is still under threat of being moved from Chequers Lane to Barking, five miles away. This month the local Trades Union Council will be protesting against the move in support of the concerns already raised by local MP Jon Cruddas. On 20th November you can add your voice of opposition by attending a protest outside Dagenham Jobcentre at 12:00pm.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, raised concerns about this move earlier in the year, highlighting the implications it will have on his constituents by writing to Damian Hinds MP.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) have launched a campaign, Dying to Work, that aims to protect the jobs of the terminally ill.  The Equality Act 2010 does not currently prevent employers from dismissing those with a terminal diagnosis if they fail a capability assessment that has been ‘reasonably’ adjusted. 

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in November 2016 was 1,635. This represents a rate of 3.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 162nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%.

This includes 1,162 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 473 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.