From Grunwick to Gate Gourmet: South Asian Women’s industrial activism and the role of trade unions

Anitha, Sundari and Pearson, Ruth and McDowell, Linda (2018) From Grunwick to Gate Gourmet: South Asian Women’s industrial activism and the role of trade unions. Revue Francaise de Civilisation Britannique, xxxii (1). ISSN 0248-9015

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Abstract

Through a focus on two examples of industrial militancy by South Asian women workers in the UK that took place thirty years apart – the Grunwick and Gate Gourmet disputes - this article explores the effectiveness of the trade union movement in representing minority ethnic women workers. We examine these two disputes in the context of the changing nature of the labour market and the significant shift in industrial relations legislation between the 1970s and the 2000s. We reflect on what these two disputes indicate about the extent to which the British trade union movement has changed to reflect the priorities and experience of migrant women workers in the UK over the last four decades.

Additional Information:Women in Britain since 1900: Evolution, Revolution or 'Plus ça change...' ? La Situation des femmes au Royaume-Uni depuis 1900 : changement ou continuité ?
Keywords:South Asian Women, trade unions, intersectionality
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V148 Modern History 2000-2099
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:23 Jun 2017 10:22

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