Alternative Work Organizations by Maurizio Atzeni (eds.)

By Maurizio Atzeni (eds.)

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Finally, with the intervention of Harold Wilson, the local Member of Parliament and Leader of the Opposition, a new owner was found although, as it turned out, not offering any long-term security for the plant or workforce. A significant turn towards cooperatives came with the restructuring of the British motorcycle industry. In the 1950s around 70 per cent of the world’s production of motorcycles had been in Britain (Smith, 1981); now the industry itself was under threat. This was anticipated as preceding an assault on the far more significant automobile industry, an industry which itself would soon come under state ownership.

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The dispute, which was initially responsible for mobilizing the Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards’ Committee (LACSSC), was a 13-week strike, again with an initial occupation, at their Burnley plant around the 1972 engineering dispute. After one week of trade union sanctions, management turned off the power to the plant and workers occupied. Within a few weeks the occupation was transformed into a strike, continuing for a further four weeks sustained by a hardship fund organized by the LACSSC.

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