Liverpool based Labour historian Dr. Greig Campbell will give a 30 minute talk that explores the little-known story of a rank-and-file workers’ occupation of Liverpool’s Meccano plant – the so-called Factory of Dreams.
Late in 1979, 940 Liverpool workers at the Edge Lane Meccano factory were given 40 minutes notice that their famous factory was to close – leaving them jobless just weeks before Christmas.
A large number of devastated and defiant employees refused to accept that this was the end for the Meccano plant in Binns Road, Old Swan and took decisive action. An occupation, maintained predominantly by women employees, lasted an incredible 4 months and represents a vital chapter in Merseyside’s labour history.
Using archival source material, comic book style illustrations and oral testimonies, Give Us Work Not Dole provides an intimate account of the 1979-80 fight to save the facility from closure – a campaign that represents one of the most remarkable chapters in Merseyside’s illustrious labour history.
The film will be followed by a live Q +A with Professor Campbell
Audience: Specifically aimed at adults but is family friendly
Liverpool Central Library
William Brown Street
0151 233 3069