The Fleck Women

Kem Murch

1978, 24:03 minutes, colour, English


The strike action of 80 women employed at the Fleck Manufacturing Company, Ontario, in March 1978, was met with disproportionate police retaliation and brutality. This tape documents the women's struggle and illustrates their courage and the bonding process of their collective action. The fight against appalling working conditions, police harassment and political inequality resulted in a growing awareness of their shared problems and shared strengths. In the words of the workers at Fleck, "it's a disgraceful affair when we cannot turn to the law for justice" and from another woman, "we have learned the meaning of sisterhood".

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