Grunwick : The Workers' Story

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Grunwick was the strike that changed the rules of the game.It changed the way 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 1970s. Moreover, it changed the way unions thought about the law, and raised big questions about their will to win.In the beginning, Grunwick wasn't a strike about wages - it was about something much more important than that. It was about dignity at work. 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 1976 to July 1978, rights in the workplace and pride at work, were far more important than any amount of money.At the time, this book was the seminal account of the dispute, providing the workers' own story in their own words and told by two of the leading participants in the strike. Now, forty years later, its themes still resonate, making this book vital reading for all of those who seek to organise within their own communities and workplaces.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Lawrence & Wishart Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 191044894X
  • 9781910448946

Table of contents

Note on the textList of Illustrations'We are the Lions, Mr. Manager!', TimRoacheGrunwick: The Workers' Story -Foreword, Jack DromeyIntroduction, Graham Taylor1978 ForewordChronology1. Inside 'the Zoo'2. On the Track3. The Strike Breaks Out4. 'The Happy Family'5. The Movement Mobilises6. The Struggle Begins7. 'NAFF v. the Unions - Who Wins?'8. NAFF Wins9. 'Company Police'10. 'Honey on Your Elbow'11. The Road to the Mass Picket12. The Battle for Chapter Road13. 11 July: the Beautiful Morning14. The Scarman Court of Inquiry15. The Last BattleConclusionIndex
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Author information

Jack Dromey was Secretary of the Brent Trades Council and a member of the Grunwick Strike ommittee throughout the dispute.Graham Taylor was a life-long trade union member, first in the TGWU (now Unite) and then in NATFHE (now UCU) and was on the Executive Committee of Brent Trades Council during the strike. He later became a history lecturer and is author of Ada Salter Pioneer of Ethical Socialism (2016).
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