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We are the Lions

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We are the Lions: The Story of the Grunwick Strike 1976-78


"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.

Visit this moving exhibition to find out more.  

19th October 2016 at 9am-8pm Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday to 26th March 2017 at The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London, NW10 2SF.

Led by Asian women the Grunwick strike challenged stereotypes, changed trade unions and inspired others to stand up against injustice. 

IT’S HARD to believe that a small British Gujarati woman called Jayaben Desai has a hallowed place in the history of British modern industrial relations – but that is precisely how she is seen today.

Some 40 years ago, Jayaben Desai, an East African Asian, led a now infamous strike against her employers, Grunwick and sparked a revolution of sorts, almost unwittingly.

Now an exhibition called “We are the Lions” celebrates her and the others who joined her in what was a two-year struggle to win better pay and conditions from their employers.

Filled with pictures, posters, video footage and artifacts, it gives an almost blow-by-blow account of the dispute and presents a vivid and stirring picture of that time, a period of great firmament and social change.

Source and Brent.gov.uk  


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