Person Female Born 2/4/1933 Died 23/12/2010
Trade Unionist and teacher. Born as Jayaben Suryakant Patel in Dharmaj, Gujarat, India. She moved with her husband to Tanganyika (now Tanzania), but was forced to leave for Britain following the country's independence and the introduction of its policy of 'Africanisation'. She found employment at the Grunwick film processing plant, but refused to accept the treatment meted out to low-paid migrant workers, particularly the managerial control and compulsory overtime at short notice. She led a walkout which was the start of the Grunwick workers strike. She went on to teach at the Brent Indian Association. Died at the Middlesex Manor Nursing Centre, Wembley.