Striking Women is a well-researched reexamination of two strikes in the United Kingdom (UK) that saw the mobilization of migrant South Asian women workers against highly exploitative and racially structured low-paying jobs, which have been overcrowded by a predominantly female labour force. One of these strikes, the Grunwick strike of 1976-77, is well-documented and is, in fact, eulogized by the British trade union movement as a struggle that marked the ‘successful’ incorporation of the issues of ‘black’ and women workers within the British labour movement. The second strike is that of workers employed by the airline catering enterprise, Gate Gourmet. This strike of 2005 and the resulting lengthy industrial dispute is far less documented by the labour movement, largely due to the schism that soon emerged between the strikers and their union on the question of a ‘settlement’ offered by the management.
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