Early History

USC Campaign

In the summer of 1971, the shipyards on Clydeside were facing severe financial difficulties, and without Government assistance, were liable to collapse. The Government was no longer willing to support what it classified as ‘lame duck’ firms and was preparing to liquidate them. The workers of the Upper Clyde were not willing to let this happen, and, rather than strike or stage a sit-in, they decided to have
a ‘work-in’. The work-in was designed to show that they still had jobs on their order books to complete, that all the workers were still willing to work, and that they also had a right to work.

The Upper Clyde workers received support from all over the world, from all walks of life; from ordinary people to politicians and celebrities, including Tony Benn, Billy Connolly and John Lennon. Donations flooded in and fund-raisers were staged to support the workers and their families who were no longer being paid wages for the
work they were doing.


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