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Following some research both academic and using oral history methods a booklet has been produced providing a history of the Indian Workers Association and you are able to download it from this page.

There is also a much more detailed and larger book with many more photographs available to purchase.

book cover

This 160 page book provides a rare insight into the conditions facing the first wave of Panjabi immigrants arriving in Britain from the Indian sub-continent in the early 1950s and 60s. It charts the establishment of the iconic Indian Workers’ Association (Southall) and its extraordinary legacy of struggle in the political and cultural field, culminating in the election of its Presidents as the first Asian Councillor in 1968 and the first Asian Member of Parliament locally in 1992. The book relies on first-hand information and accounts from the early immigrants towards a seminal understanding of the emergence of the Asian community in Southall as a powerful political force in the 1960s and 1970s.

To purchase a copy for only £6 contact:
Balraj Purewal on 07882 537336
or email:
or contact the IWA office on 020 8574 7283/6019