• Friday, March 31, 2023


Meera Syal: Grunwick strikers “gave us the courage to fight to be heard”

Jayaben Desai led the industrial action

By: Eastern Eye Staff

The legacy of the gutsy Grunwick strikers who defied stereotypes and marched out of a factory to the picket line over poor working conditions, was celebrated at the launch of an exhibition containing memorabilia from the 70s. The “strikers in saris” as they were referred to in the press, led by Jayaben Desai who arrived in the UK from Tanzania, walked out of the Grunwick film processing plant in Willesden, northwest London in 1976. To mark the 40th anniversary year of the protest, the project We Are The Lions, featuring an original strike banner inspired by Russian constructivism, tells the…

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