Sit-In at Fisher Bendix, by Tom Clarke

Sit-In at Fisher Bendix, by Tom Clarke

Sit-In at Fisher Bendix, by Tom Clarke

Published by the Institute for Workers Control in the mid 1970's, 18 pages. A5 size booklet (N4038P1)

In January 1971, Thorn, the new owners of Fisher-Bendix made an announcement that they were going to sell off the Bendix washing machine business, and the company refused to make a definite statement regarding the future of the factory in Kirkby in Merseyside that made the machines. A nine-week strike followed, but the workers were forced to return to work, and the company was able to move production to Spain to make use of cheaper labour (it is worth remembering that Spain at the time was a Fascist dictatorship under Franco)

At the time this was happening there were around one million unemployed people in Britain, and the workers at the Kirkby factory were scared and desperate to save their jobs - leading to an occupation of the factory in January 1972. The occupation was well organised - a shift system was arranged with four six-hour shifts ensuring the factory was occupied twenty-four hours a day, and committees were set up to deal with security, finance, publicity and entertainment. The sit in ended with success - the factory was sold and the new owners committed to keeping the factory open and saving every job. But two years later further problems emerged and another sit-in occured....

This booklet provides a brief assessment of the events in 1972, and goes on to look at what happened two years later

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a very small amount of wear on the front cover around where an old price is printed.

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