Occupy! : A Short History of Worker's Occupations Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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Most of the quoted militant unionism seems to refer to the Clyde shipyards. The original shipyards on the Thames had closed and moved to other sites as the ships became too large to build in such a small river. The same situation eventually applied to the Clyde. Shipping in bulk reduces costs and with the new generation of super tankers and container carriers simply too large to build in the Clyde, its decline was inevitable in the face of the Japanese challenges. The Japanese had the Inland Sea, the British a comparatively minor river and it was no contest.
The southern counties had diversified away from the old heavy industries and weathered the situation better. Again referring to mass production as the cheaper route, the various Midland and southern sit ins and strikes seem confined to the smaller business which were finding it increasingly difficult to compete with larger business. There is a long northern resentment towards the south but northern decline seems almost inevitable as continuing technical progress moved away from the Clyde as it had the Thames.
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