Jimmy Reid began a work in at John Browns Shipyard - On this day in history


30 July 2019
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Jimmy Reid announced the beginning of a work in at John Brown's Shipyard on 30 July 1971. ...

Workers at the John Brown's Shipyard in Clydebank began a work in under the leadership of Jimmy Reid on 30 July 1971. The work in was announced after the famous shipyard faced liquidation following the collapse of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Union which had comprised:

  • John Browns
  • Fairfields
  • Alexander Stephen & Sons
  • Charles Connell & Co
  • Yarrow Shipbuilders

The work in allowed the John Brown workers to dispel the image of striking workers being 'work-shy' and allowed the men to complete their contracted work. The shipyard was sold in 1972 and continued to operate under Marathon Oil.

To read about the launch of the Royal Yacht Britannia at John Browns Shipyard in Clydebank, click here.