Sign up for workshops as part of 40th anniversary of Grunwick strike in Dollis Hill

Grunwick striker Jayaben Desai in 2006 beside a picture of herself during the dispute

Grunwick striker Jayaben Desai in 2006 beside a picture of herself during the dispute - Credit: Andrew Wiard / reportphotos.com

Residents interested in making their own artistic creations to celebrate the biggest strike in Dollis Hill history can now sign up for a series of workshops.

Police officers at the strike (Pic: PA)

Police officers at the strike (Pic: PA) - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The free official Grunwick 40 art workshops, to celebrate the largest workers’ strike in recent history, will take place on April 3rd, 9th, 13th, 20th and 27th.

Those aged 13 and over wishing to take part have the opportunity to work with artist Anna Ferrie on the giant public mural planned for this summer.

Engineering Union leader Hugh Scanlon, who joined the pickets at the Grunwick film processing plant

Engineering Union leader Hugh Scanlon, who joined the pickets at the Grunwick film processing plant in Willesden, North London. - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Grunwick strike in Willesden was an historic dispute which ran from 1976-78. It changed the face of trade unionism and shattered stereotype about Asian women workers who were dubbed “strikers in saris.

Sujata Aurora, of the Grunwick organising group said: “We want to install a mural close to the original site of the Grunwick factory to serve as a permanent public reminder of this important strike, as well as put on some events in autumn 2016 to mark the occasion.

Supporters of the 'strikers in saris' assemble outside the Grunwick factory to support the demand fo

Supporters of the 'strikers in saris' assemble outside the Grunwick factory to support the demand for trade union recognition - Credit: Archant


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“The mural will be designed by a local artist with input from local people and has been initiated by Brent Trades Council and the Willesden Green Town Team.

She added: “We need to raise £15,000 to pay for the artist and materials and run the community participation workshops. Can you help? Can your organisation or trade union make a donation?”

To grab your free workshop place click hereTo donate click here

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