Jayaben Desai has died at 77 years of age. From The Hindu:
The diminutive India-born Ms. Desai, who moved to Britain from Tanzania in 1969, came to be known as a “lioness” for her role in leading the two-year long strike at the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories, north London, in the 1970s to demand union recognition for its largely Asian and female workforce.
She famously told a manager: “What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. 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 those lions, Mr Manager.’’
Jack Dromey has written an obituary at The Guardian.
- It’s Cold & Flu Season….Do You Have Paid Sick Days? by La Lubu September 17, 2009
- New York Expected to Extend Protections to Domestic Workers by Jill June 3, 2010
- South Central Farm to Forever 21? by Jess H. August 18, 2008
- Cirila Baltazar Cruz and The Plight Of The Unworthy by Kai July 8, 2009
- Cultural Constructions, Part 1 by Chally November 30, 2010