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Striking Women: Voices of South Asian Workers

by Shahnaz Nakkady
Issue No. 2173

This foyer exhibition celebrates the role played by South Asian women in two vital industrial disputes – at Grunwick in the 1970s, and Gate Gourmet in 2005.

On hot August afternoon in 1976 a small number of workers walked out of a photo processing factory in Willesden, north west London, initiating a two-year strike.

Some 29 years later, in the peak of the summer holiday season, another group of predominantly Asian women workers walked out on strike at a ready meals factory at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Through images, text and interviews, this exhibition puts these two disputes in the wider context of South Asian women’s activism in the workplace.

Striking Women: Voices of South Asian Workers
Women’s Library,
Old Castle Street,
London E1 7NT

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Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
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