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Play about Grunwick protest highlights ongoing injustice in workplace

Medhavi Patel plays Jayaben Desai in We are the Lions, Mr Manager! (Photo by: Paul Sandy)

By: Lauren Codling

By Lauren Codling THE writer and lead actress of a play about the Grunwick strike against workplace exploitation said conditions now are “possibly worsening” for those in employment. We are the Lions, Mr Manager! tells the story of Jayaben Desai, the leader of a strike movement against Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in the 1970s. The India-born activist fought for the rights of workers, culminating in a two-year protest that saw strikers across the country picket against working conditions, pay inequality and racism within the workplace. Neil Gore told Eastern Eye that the Grunwick protest was the beginning of “normalising” bad…

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