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Last updated:07 February 2017

Stephen Mustchin talk - Strikes, workplace occupations and 'the right to share hardship'; engineering trade unionism and the 1980 occupation at Gardner

Event location: Working Class Movement Library

Date: 7th Jun 2017

Event time: 14:00 to 15:00

This talk, by Stephen Mustchin, Lecturer in Employment Studies, University of Manchester,
focuses on engineering trade unionism, workplace conflict and strikes at the famous Eccles-based engine manufacturer L. Gardner and Sons. 

Strong workplace union organisation emerged following two long strikes in 1968 and late 1972, and in 1980 a high-profile strike and occupation against mass redundancies won significant concessions. The organisation exhibited by the Gardner workforce was remarkable and represented a partial victory in a period when strikes were increasingly difficult to organise. However, retribution by the company led to the erosion of these gains demonstrating their fragility in the wider context of recession, deindustrialization and increasingly anti-union management in the 1980s.

Based on a recently-published article in the academic journal Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, and drawing on wider historical research on strikes in the 1980s, the talk draws on research based on materials held at WCML and interviews with former employees and participants.

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

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