Ray was born in Jamaica in 1932 and came to live in the UK in 1956. He remembers that he and the other jamaican workers were paid on a lower rate than white men doing the same work. The union supported the black men in getting equal pay for their labour.
now when we came here, they did want us as, um, well... Caribbean workers always should be lower than the English. And the union was the one that stand up for us and said well they must get the same pay as do the English.
That's quite good then.
That someone was there to stand up for you.
The, the union was the, y'know, stand up for us really.