The story of the Grunwick Strike 1976-78 ends 26 March

Grunwick

We are the lions: The story of the Grunwick Strike 1976-78

Monday to Friday (9am-8pm); Saturday and Sunday (10am – 5pm)

Ends Sunday 26 March

Led by Asian women the Grunwick strike challenged stereotypes, changed trade unions and inspired others to stand up against injustice. Visit this moving exhibition to find out more.

“What you are running is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips. Others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager.” Jayaben Desai, leader of the Grunwick strike.

40 years ago a group workers in a backstreet Willesden factory stood up to their unfair bosses and kick-started one of the longest and most important industrial disputes in British history. Led by Asian women, the Grunwick strike challenged stereotypes, changed the face of trade unions and inspired a generation of people to stand up against injustice.

The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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