PHYLLIS MIGHTEN, born in St James Jamaica, arrived in England on October 15, 1961. During her ten years of employment at Raleigh she worked first in the tyre fitting department, known as the ‘wheel shop’, and then Sturmey-Archer’s export and import department. Sturmey-Archer was a subsidiary of the Raleigh company, primarily producing bicycle hub gears, brakes, and varied bicycle components.
“The tyre fitting was hard work because there were some ladies that would grab the best work. We called them ‘grabbers’. The ‘grabbers’ would take the best work and left the more difficult tasks, it was then a struggle to complete enough work to earn a decent wage.”Phyllis Mighten