Film showing at Preston Library to commmorate 40 years since Grunwick Strike in Dollis Hill

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

A special showing of the borough’s biggest strike in modern times is showing at Preston Library ahead of an exhibition later this month.

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 Ima

The Great Grunwick Strike 1976 - 78: A History, is being shown at the Preston Community Library and Hub in Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the strike in Dollis Hill.

Then from October 19 to November 2, We Are The Lions, a visual and informative exhibition will launch at Willesden Library in the High Road, Willesden.

The dispute at the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in Chapter Road, was sparked by the dismissal of Devshi Bhudia for working too slowly which led to a two-year strike between 1976 and 1978.

At its height, more than 20,000 people came out to support the predominantly Asian workers subbed the ‘strikers in saris’ by marching down Willesden High Road.

PA NEWS PHOTO 17/10/77 POLICE STRUGGLE TO HOLD BACK HUNDREDS OF PICKETS AS A WORKER'S BUS APPROACHE

PA NEWS PHOTO 17/10/77 POLICE STRUGGLE TO HOLD BACK HUNDREDS OF PICKETS AS A WORKER'S BUS APPROACHES THE GRUNWICK FILM PROCESSING PLANT IN WILLESDEN, NORTH LONDON - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima


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Jayaben Desai who led the strike sadly died in 2010. The former site of the factory was renamed Grunwick Close weeks after her death.

The film will be screen this Saturday at 7.30pm, will be introduced by Tessa van Gelderen, treasurer of Grunwick40.

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Doors open at 7.15pm. Entry is free but visitors are asked for a donation to help with the library’s running costs.

For more information about the exhibition visit facebook.com/Grunwick40.

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