In 1999, the Kvaerner shipyard in Govan, Scotland, faced closure and workers were at risk of redundancy. Trade unions carried out a political campaign focusing on politicians and public opinion, with the aim of showing that what the workers wanted was work. Industrial action ended when the yard was bought over by GEC.

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Bitesize: Modern Studies
First broadcast:
26 October 2007

This clip could lead into a more detailed added-value research into the question: 'Should Trade Unions be allowed to strike?' The Kvaerner campaign could be used as a case study of industrial disputes but should also be compared with more recent industrial disputes. The tactics used in the Kvaerner campaign could be compared with other forms of industrial action and their effectiveness could be compared.