ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Heathrow Strike and Asian Workforce

The Gate Gourmet, a catering company that supplies in-flight meals to British Airways, dismissed 670 workers most of whom were Indian women, via megaphone at Heathrow airport on August 10. The subsequent wildcat action and spontaneous show of solidarity, which brought the airport to a standstill is rarely witnessed in today's Britain due to the anti-union legislation introduced by the Margaret Thatcher government. There is a strong tradition of Asian workers fighting for their rights in the local areas surrounding Heathrow and some major industrial strikes have been led by Asian women.

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