On Saturday 9 April 2016 at 2pm the Mary Quaile Club has organised a meeting on the issue of “Migrant workers, Past and Present” at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford M5 4WX .

The speakers include; Chris Unsworth, the author of The British Herring Industry 1900-1960, who will talk about the forgotten story of Scottish women who migrated to England to work in the herring industry. Every year from the 1880s to 1960s these women went south from Scotland in the late summer and autumn to work in the fishing ports of eastern England. This was tough outdoor work with the women often suffering from cuts and cold sores.

Sandra Penaloza – Rice who is the Project Co-ordinator and Co-funder of Migrant Support Manchester. She will talk about the position of migrant workers today and how MSM is working with them.
A speaker from Manchester based Podemos, the Spanish radical political network, will discuss issues concerning the experience of Spanish migrant workers in Britain in 2016.

Bernadette Hyland, secretary of the Mary Quaile Club said; “There has never been so much media attention given to the role of migrant workers in this country and they have always played a significant role in the economic, social and political life of cities such as Manchester and Salford. Join us to take part in the debate about the role of migrants and the important part they play in our community.”


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