The UCS Work-In

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Clydebank TUC Online Public Meeting

This meeting commemorates a remarkable working class victory which offers lessons for today’s labour movement.

The strategy of the shop stewards leading the Work – In succeeded in stopping the government, which was the ultimate owner of the four yards, from orchestrating their closure.

They did so by seeing off attempts by the right wing in the trade union movement to take over the leadership of the workers’ campaign and building a wider regional alliance around the demand for the ‘right to work’.

They inflicted a major defeat on the Government of the day, ensured their original demand of keeping the four yards open was met in full, and forced a wider U-Turn in government policy.

This dispute sparked over a hundred work-ins throughout Britain and gained world wide support.

What lessons from that heroic battle are relevant in today’s struggles?


Mary Senior STUC President

Davie Torrance Staff side chair at Fairfields Govan yard

Professor John Foster Co-author of the book “The Politics of the UCS Work-In”.


Janet Cassidy Clydebank TUC & RMT


Wednesday 10th March at 7pm

Register here

Zoom joining details will be emailed a couple of days in advance, to those who register. 

Supported by People’s Assembly Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Morning Star Readers and Supporters Group.