The Edwardes Plan and Your Job: when the 1970s ended and the managerialist 1980s began

By November 1979, the ‘Winter of Discontent’ was long past, Margaret Thatcher was nearing her first Christmas as prime minister, and everything had changed. But if you were looking to identify the exact moment at which the confident trade unionism of the 1970s gave way to the rising managerialism of the 1980s, you could do worse than choose the day that this pamphlet landed on … Continue reading The Edwardes Plan and Your Job: when the 1970s ended and the managerialist 1980s began

Book reviews in Labour History Review Volume 87 (2022), Issue 1

The books listed below are reviewed in Labour History Review (2022), 87, (1), 91-108. Find out more. Dave Lyddon reviews Keith Gildart and David Howell (eds), Dictionary of Labour Biography, vol. 15, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. xv + 320, h/b, £109.99, ISBN 978 11374 57455, ebook, £87.50, ISBN 978 11374 57462Royden Harrison reviews vol. 1, Bulletin of the SSLH, 1972.Listing of all entries in volumes 1-15. Lewis Darwen … Continue reading Book reviews in Labour History Review Volume 87 (2022), Issue 1

Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 1

Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 1 has now been published. From the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in of 1971, to the Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) occupation of 2017, there is a long history of workplace occupations. However, despite the prominence and significance of occupation as a tactic, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, current historical examinations have been fragmented. This special issue of Labour History … Continue reading Labour History Review Volume 86 (2021), Issue 1

‘There Is Nothing There for Us and Nothing for the Future’: Deindustrialization and Workplace Occupation, 1981-1982

Author: Andy ClarkThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2021), 86, (1), 37-61. Find out more. This article draws on research into three female-led occupations that occurred across central Scotland in 1981 and 1982. The actions at Lee Jeans, Lovable Bra and Plessey Capacitors were each in response to closure and relocation and, crucially in the context of this time period, … Continue reading ‘There Is Nothing There for Us and Nothing for the Future’: Deindustrialization and Workplace Occupation, 1981-1982

Job Destruction and Closures in Deindustrializing Britain: The Uses and Decline of Workplace Occupations in the 1980s

Author: Stephen MustchinThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2021), 86, (1), 91-116. Find out more. This article considers the uses and decline of workplace occupations in the 1980s. Developing the contribution by Alan Tuckman on the rise of occupations in the 1970s, attention is given to the structural factors that can explain the reasons why workers’ uses of the tactics … Continue reading Job Destruction and Closures in Deindustrializing Britain: The Uses and Decline of Workplace Occupations in the 1980s

‘It’s Not a Lot of Boring Old Gits Sitting About Remembering the Good Old Days’: The Heritage and Legacy of the 1987 Caterpillar Factory Occupation in Uddingston, Scotland

Author: Ewan GibbsThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2021), 86, (1), 117-143. Find out more. This paper examines the construction of a factory occupation’s “usable past”. It analyses how the political culture of the multinational “branch plant” has combined with the optics of class and nation that predominate in accounts of Scottish deindustrialization. During 2017, the Caterpillar Workers Legacy Group commemorated the … Continue reading ‘It’s Not a Lot of Boring Old Gits Sitting About Remembering the Good Old Days’: The Heritage and Legacy of the 1987 Caterpillar Factory Occupation in Uddingston, Scotland

Navigating Deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: The Closure of Bilston Steel Works and the Politics of Work, Place, and Belonging

2019 Labour History Review Essay Prize Winner Author: Matt BeebeeThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (3), 253–284. Find out more. This article examines the impact of industrial decline on popular constructions of selfhood and place during the 1970s through a case study of the Bilston Steel Works in the West Midlands, which closed in May 1979. Following recent … Continue reading Navigating Deindustrialization in 1970s Britain: The Closure of Bilston Steel Works and the Politics of Work, Place, and Belonging