The attraction of the tactic is that it prevents employers from replacing them with strikebreakers
or removing equipment to transfer production to other locations. Neal Ascherson
has commented that an additional attraction is that it emphasizes the role of workers in providing for the people and allows workers to in effect hold valuable machinery hostage as a bargaining chip.[verification needed]
In 1973, the workers at the Triumph Motorcycles
factory at Meriden, West Midlands
, locked the new owners, NVT
, out following the announcement of their plan to close Meriden.
The sit-in lasted over a year until the British government intervened, the result of which was the formation of the Meriden Motorcycle Co-operative
which produced Triumphs until their closure in 1983.
The sit-down strike was the inspiration for the sit-in
where an organized group of protesters would occupy an area in which they are not wanted by sitting and refuse to leave until their demands are met.
(2010). A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America
. Simon and Schuster.
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