The factory run out of seats and all the workers are laid off. The production lines stops and entire car manufacturing plant of Ford Dagenham comes to a halt. These cost Ford 8 million pounds of exports and 2200 cars a day. Ford of US pressurises Ford Dagenham to sort this matter out as early as possible. Prime Minister Harold Wilson asks Barbara to resolve the issue which costs government to lose several pounds as tax.
When Ford boss fly in from America, he learns that General Motor don’t have industrial relations problem like Ford because they follow collaborative approach with workers whereas Ford has a casual approach to their workers’ problems.
What follows is all around tension and conflicts amongst government officials, Ford management and unions. Harold Wilson does not want to hurt Ford as they are major employer while Women’s demand for sex equality cannot be left unheard by Barbara who is the Employment secretary. Refusing to bend down on women’s terms, Ford boss threaten Barbara that they will move their manufacturing plants out to somewhere else. She meets women and is won over by them. She directly negotiates with Ford boss and they finally agree to pay the women 92% of men wage rates. She also promises to introduce equal pay legislation into the parliament. The strike ended in three weeks after it began. The ultimate result was the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1970, which came into force in 1975 and which prohibit inequality of treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions of employment.