The occupation of the factories - women's resistance to factory closure in Scotland, 1981-82. Talk by Andy Clark

Wednesday, 8th November, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Hosted by Working Class Movement Library

Dr Andy Clark (Scottish Oral History Centre) will discuss his research into the wave of factory occupations launched by women in the early ‘80s. At three factories threatened with closure and relocation, the workers took control of the plant and machinery in an attempt to force the companies to change their plans, or to sell them as going concerns.

Andy utilised materials held at the Working Class Movement Library as well as original oral history interviews to analyse these underexamined instances of militant resistance, and will discuss the importance of these in the wider historiography of deindustrialisation in central Scotland during this period.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

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