- BBC News transcripts covering the UCS work-in, 1969-1976;
- BBC News audio recordings covering the UCS work-in, 1969-1976.
In 1968 , the Labour government pronounced that Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd was to be responsible for shipbuilding in the Glasgow area. This decision resulted mainly from the findings of the Geddes Report on British shipbuilding. The report led the UK government to force the merger of the five existing shipbuilding companies from Clydebank to Govan, into one, which was to be known as the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd. The five yards merged were: John Brown & Co (Clydebank) Ltd in Clydebank; Fairfields (Glasgow) Ltd in Govan; Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd in Linthouse; Charles Connell & Co Ltd in Scotstoun; and Yarrows & Co Ltd also in Scotstoun.
The Upper Clyde Shibuilders (UCS) Yard was to set the bench mark not only for shipbuilding, but for industry as a whole in Britain. At its formation, there were nearly 14,000 people in the work-force. Yet despite having a full orderbook and a forecasted profit in 1972, UCS was controversially forced to enter into liquidation in 1971 when the government refused a £6m working capital loan. Rather than go on strike, the traditional form of industrial action, the Shop Stewards Committee organised the UCS work-in of 1971-1972 . The intention was to complete the orders that the shipyards had in place, in an effort to force the government to intervene financially to save the yards.
Given the high profile of the UCS official liquidation, the work-in received a great deal of media attention. Their action was partly successful, as in 1972 the government sanctioned the formation of Govan Shipbuilders Ltd, with Scotstoun Marine Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary. However, the existence of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Ltd was ended.
This collection contains transcripts and reel to reel tape recordings of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television News items concerning the UCS work-in. It is made up of recordings made by outside broadcast crews for insertion in Scottish and nationwide news broadcasts, providing a record of the public events and pronouncements concerning UCS from June 1971 to October 1972. It mainly comprises of short interviews and comments which were kept by the BBC for 'flashback' purposes in case a related news story were to unfold. The recordings are not a comprehensive collection of the BBC's coverage of the UCS work-in; longer features on UCS, and any 'contextualising' information that might have been provided by the reporters, is missing. The copies and transcripts were made by Charles Woolfson, with help of John Foster and Lee Brown at the BBC Scotland headquarters in Glasgow.
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
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Woolfson, Charles and Foster, John, The Politics of the UCS Work-in (1986, London)
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Compiled by Jenny Cooknell, Assistant Archivist, 25 October 1999. Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002. Fonds level converted to Encoded Archival Description (EAD) by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 17 June 2002. Catalogue enhanced by Callum Morrision, Club21 volunteer, 27/08/2012. Lower levels converted to EAD by Michael Beesley, Archive Assistant, August 2013.