May, born in 1938, had a sad yet all-too-typical life of poverty, evacuation, foster-homes and dead-end factory jobs. But she tells her story with sharp wit, refusing to be a victim. While working as a night-cleaner, she became increasingly militant at the exploitation of she saw around her. When she attempted to organise her fellow-cleaners into a union she was blacklisted by big cleaning contractors. Yet she forged ahead to form the now-famous Cleaners Action Group.