The Occupation of the Cammell Laird Shipyard


Birkenhead, 1984

John Cunningham
29 pages

A pamphlet remembering and documenting the struggle of workers at Cammell Laird Shipyard who fought to save their jobs and preserve their industry for future generations.

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In 1984 workers at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead occupied their workplace in defence of jobs. The occupation and the strike which preceded it lasted just over three months, and then on 3 October the occupiers were arrested.

37 of them were found guilty of contempt of court and jailed. There is a campaign to lift the convictions.

Workers’ Liberty has published this pamphlet so that we can remember those who took risks to fight to save not just their jobs but the jobs of future generations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Shipbuilding in decline: the background to the occupation

  • Organisation of workers in the shipbuilding industry.

3. The situation at Cammell Laird

4. The occupation

  • Workplace occupations
  • Frank Field: a record of infamy

5. The aftermath of the occupation

6. Postscripts

  •  The roll of honour: the 37 who were arrested and imprisoned.
  • Acknowledgements, sources and references

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