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Grunwick strikers still need you!.

Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff.

Grunwick strikers still need you!.

by Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff.

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Published by Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff in London .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Strikes and lockouts -- Photographic industry -- England -- London.

  • The Physical Object
    Pagination1 leaf ;
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL19054752M

      The women became known as the “strikers in saris” and their fight for fair treatment was supported by thousands of trade unionists and campaigners, as more t people joined them at the picket lines on one of the mass pickets. But the story of the Grunwick dispute is not just a story about ground-breaking solidarity.   This year marks the 40 year anniversary of the Grunwick Strike. I recently visited an exhibition marking the strike and found myself thinking about the enormity of this event in the history of our labour movement and the trade union movement and how it is a great example of what can be achieved when people come together to fight for their rights. The Grunwick dispute led to a two-year .

      Forty years ago, super-exploited workers at Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in London were on strike. Most were migrant Asian women. They demanded trade union recognition and the reinstatement of sacked colleagues. The Socialist spoke to actor Medhavi Patel, and actor, writer and Socialist Party member Neil Gore, about Townsend Productions' new play 'We Are the Lions, Mr . At the time, the Grunwick defeat was a blow, not just for the strikers who were left without jobs, but for the British trade union movement and the Labour Government's new law, the Employment.

    Looking back at the Grunwick strike of , Wayne Medford explains how ideas of solidarity and common good brought together a diverse group of people to support the rights of the striking workers, the majority of them immigrants. Forty years on and a time when intolerance is rising, the memories of Grunwick are vital. I attended an anti-racism conference in London recently, where one.   The Grunwick strike's background was the then general militancy and strength of the trade union movement, symbolised in the struggles and strikes that ultimately brought down the Heath-led Tory government in early Grunwick itself was based on the edge of what was an industrial area in north-west London.


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Grunwick strikers still need you! by Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff. Download PDF EPUB FB2

And, for the small band of Asian women strikers, who braved sun, rain and snow month-in and month-out on the picket-lines, from August to Julyrights in the workplace and pride at work, were far more important than any amount of the time, this book was the seminal account of the dispute, providing the workers' own story in Format: Paperback.

The Grunwick strike, at that time I was sort of still planning my book and I was – I was quite keen to anyway be writing about it, because I did go to the protests and the pickets, which I remember that summer, you know, we used to get up really really early and go down there because it was early in a morning.

In their book, Special Branch: a historyWilson and Adams say that during the Grunwick dispute, “Special Branch played an important role in police endeavours to preserve the peace”. Insix workers walked out of Grunwick Film Processing Laboratory in Willesden and ignited an historic two-year dispute which united thousands to demand better rights for poorly treated workers.

August 20 marked the 40th anniversary of the Grunwick Strike, and Grunwick 40 was set up to commemorate this vital moment. The events of   By June there were marches in support of the Grunwick strikers, and on some days more t people packed themselves into the narrow lanes near Dollis Hill Tube station.

The cause of the Grunwick strikers was taken up by the wider Trade Union movement of the day, with mass solidarity picketing from even the most masculine and militant of unions, including the miners. When the Union of Postal Workers voted to boycott mailings from Grunwick – on which the firm depended to reach its client base – victory.

We apologise to Grunwick and its chairman, George Ward. Tue 19 Jan EST First published on Tue 19 Jan EST Inworkers at Grunwick photo-processing factory in. The intersectional politics of the Grunwick strike Over the last year or so, the concept of intersectionality has been hotly debated within the British left.

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist has written some insightful stuff into the left’s grappling with the concept, but I think a lot of the debate has lacked a historical perspective.

The research that we draw on here was carried out between andinvolving life-history interviews with five of the then-elderly Grunwick strikers, and Punjabi women workers sacked by Gate Gourmet.

Apart from the Grunwick strike leader, Jayaben Desai, the names of the women have been changed to protect their identity. The Grunwick dispute was a British industrial dispute involving trade union recognition at the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in Chapter Road, Dollis Hill in the London suburb of Willesden, that led to a two-year strike between and During a decade of industrial unrest, the Grunwick dispute became a cause célèbre of trade unionism and labour relations law, and "at its.

The Grunwick strike - A. Sivanandan. An essay written during the middle of the Grunwicks strike in Willesden, north-west London. it is the very fact of colour that has, as so many times before, lent a political dimension to the struggle of the Grunwick strikers - and the unions, as so many times before, are anxious to keep that dimension.

Grunwick strikers picket chemist shops (where the mail order photographs were despatched and received). 17 February APEX accepts recognition as proposed in draft ACAS report. 28 February Survey by company of employees still working in Grunwick finds over all (%) in favour of retaining the status quo (ie no union membership or recognition).

Thirty years ago a small group of Asian workers at the Grunwick plant led a historic fight - and faced an onslaught from the right wing gang that would help to launch Thatcherism.

The Grunwick dispute began in August when workers, mostly South Asian women, walked out of the Grunwick film processing plant in Willesden, north-east London. The dispute centred on the poor conditions and lack of union recognition at Grunwick and involved the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff union.

Through a focus on two examples of industrial militancy by South Asian women workers in the UK that took place thirty years apart – the Grunwick and Gate Gourmet disputes - this article explores the effectiveness of the trade union movement in representing minority ethnic women workers.

We examine these two disputes in the context of the changing nature of the labour market and the Author: Sundari Anitha, Ruth Pearson, Linda McDowell. The 70s also saw the establishment of state databases of activists, for the purposes of surveillance.

Indeed, the Special Branch had files on the Grunwick strikers and some of their supporters, including Jack Dromey. The Grunwick strike must also be located against the intense trade union struggles which were taking place across the : Amrit Wilson.

Forty years on, we still need to learn lessons from the Grunwick strike. John Lehal. 3 May, These were the words of Jayaben Desai, leader of the Grunwick strikers, and which James Bloodworth documented in his book recent book Hired.

strikers in Saris, they took the lead but eventually more t people joined the protest which lasted for two years. Farhana Haider has been speaking to Lakshmi Patel who was an employee at the Grunwick film processing factory and took part in the strike.

These were strikers in Saris, they took the lead but eventually more t people joined the protest which lasted for two years. Farhana Haider has been speaking to Lakshmi Patel who was an employee at the Grunwick film processing factory and took part in the : Red Mike.

But events at Grunwick escalated as the strikers received support from the wider labour movement. The strike ran for almost two years and during the summer ofmass picketing saw the dispute become a cause célèbre of public disorder.

The Grunwick Strike of was one of the most important and significant strikes of the s. At its height it involved thousands of trade unionists and police in confrontations outside a small film processing factory in North London, with over arrests on the picket line and frequent police violence.

The Grunwick dispute changed the rules of the game. It changed the way that the unions thought about race, about their own core values, and about the best way to organise among the new immigrant communities coming to Britain in the s.

It fundamentally challenged the way unions viewed the law and it raised big questions about the Labour Movement’s will to win. We need books like this: in depth accounts of working class struggles, based on expansive interviews with workers involved.

We read the book with special interest, given that the two disputes at Grunwick in and at Gate Gourmet airline caterer in took place in our vicinity in west London and were led by migrant women workers, who also form the majority of our colleagues in .