Occupy! (1976)

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Portrays part of the four-year struggle to set up a workers' cooperative at the Fisher-Bendix factory in Kirkby, near Liverpool. Events leading up to the occupation of the factory are recounted in interviews with workers and union officials, and illustrated by television news footage. Men and women from the factory recollect their experiences of work and political action. One man describes how he received notice of redundancy at Kirkby only months after being made redundant from his previous job; other women and men tell of their growing determination after years of mismanagement to take power into their own hands; and, a group of women discuss the sexual division of labour in the factory. The film attempts to see the action of the Kirkby workers in a history of workers' occupations. In the opening sequence 'eye-itness reports' are given from Turin in 1919, Detroit in 1936, and the UCS occupation at Clydebank in 1971. Intercut with the documentary material are scenes from a play based on the occupation performed by the Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

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