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

After UCS: Workplace Occupation in Britain in the 1970s

Author: Alan TuckmanThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2021), 86, (1), 7-35. Find out more. This paper traces the development of this form of industrial action through the 1970s, the emergence of an alternative economic voice, ultimately almost silenced in the 1980s with the dominance of new-liberalism, leaving a sedimentary alternative which periodically reappears. We first need to consider the … Continue reading After UCS: Workplace Occupation in Britain in the 1970s

Defending the Right to Work: The 1983 Timex Workers’ Occupation in Dundee

Author: Valerie Wright, Jim Philips, Jim TomlinsonThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2021), 86, (1), 63-90. Find out more. In January 1983 the US-owned multinational Timex, a prominent employer in Dundee since 1946, announced it would cease production of mechanical wristwatches in the city. Substantial redundancies would accompany closure of the Milton of Craigie production unit where 2,000 mainly male … Continue reading Defending the Right to Work: The 1983 Timex Workers’ Occupation in Dundee

‘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

Looking for records on Egerton Wake

I am currently researching a PhD at St Andrews University on the demise of the Liberal Party in Scotland in the 1920s. Egerton Wake played a very active role in building up the Labour Party in Scotland, first as the party’s Organising Secretary, active in Scotland, and latterly as Labour’s National Agent. He was prominent in the Union of Democratic Control during the First World War, … Continue reading Looking for records on Egerton Wake

Dr Gordon J Barclay and Dr Louise Heren on the Battle for George Square 1919: myth, memory and reality in Red Clydeside

A demonstration in Glasgow during the 40-hours strike in January–February 1919 descended into violence – the ‘Battle of George Square’: either ‘a vicious and unprovoked attack’ by the police, or a consequence of the week-long, occasionally violent, conflict between the strikers and ‘traitor’, ‘blackleg’ tram-workers, many of them women. The ‘Battle’ is simultaneously the most iconic event of Red Clydeside, the most mythologised event in … Continue reading Dr Gordon J Barclay and Dr Louise Heren on the Battle for George Square 1919: myth, memory and reality in Red Clydeside

The Miners’ Lockout

This image comes from a recent addition to Bishopsgate Institute archives: a photo album bearing the inscription ‘Memories of the Miners Lock-out 1926 Fife’ (Ref: Labour History Manuscripts/67). The Miners’ Lockout was part of the General Strike of 1926, called by the General Council of the TUC (Trades Union Congress) in an attempt to prevent the Government of the day from lowering the wages and … Continue reading The Miners’ Lockout

Transnational Borrowings: Scottish Sons of Labour and American Knights of Labor, 1887–1890

Author: Steven ParfittThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (2), 127–156. Find out more. Between 1883 and 1900 an American working-class movement, the Knights of Labor, spread around the world. Their assemblies appeared in Europe, Australasia, and Southern Europe, as well as North America. Yet they also inspired a range of emulating movements in different parts of the world. … Continue reading Transnational Borrowings: Scottish Sons of Labour and American Knights of Labor, 1887–1890