These are mainly photocopies of APEX correspondence and papers with some original items. There is also some material apparently originally in the custody of Brent Trades Council, which provided facilities for the Grunwick Strike Committee.
Grunwick dispute archive
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 152 GRU
- Dates of Creation1975-1978
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description9 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Grunwick dispute began in August 1976 when 137 workers (mostly South Asian women) walked out of the Grunwick film processing plant in Willesden, north-east London. The dispute, which centred on the lack of union recognition at Grunwick, involved the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff union (APEX), which represented the strikers. The strike, which was co-ordinated by the Grunwick Strike Committee and led by Jayaben Desai, became a cause celebre for the union movement, attracting a wide range of activist support to picket lines outside the plant. There were allegations of violence and intimidation made by both management and the strikers and such was the national impact of the dispute that the then Labour Government set up a Cabinet committee to deal with the issues it raised. The strike was finally called off by the remaining strikers in July 1978 after 670 days.
Reference: Jack Dromey, 'Grunwick; the workers' story' (London, 1978); George Ward, 'Fort Grunwick' (London, 1977).
Within their respective series, these records have largely been arranged in the order of their former references.
This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/ One file (MSS.464/35) which is closed under the Data Protection Act until 2057; a redacted version of this file is available.
This collection was donated to the Centre in August and October 2002.
Other Finding Aids
Link to full catalogue: http://mrc-catalogue.warwick.ac.uk/records/GRU
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.
This collection has been weeded for duplicates and ephemera.
This archive seems to have been assembled after the end of the dispute from APEX and Brent Trades Council sources and was presented to the National Museum of Labour History in 1978 (see MSS.464/12 and 62).
Further deposits are not expected.