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13 April | Manchester | A New Lucas Plan: An Idea Whose Time has Come?

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A New Lucas Plan: An Idea Whose Time has Come?
Sat 13 April | 11:00 - 17:00
Bridge 5 Mill
22A Beswick St
M4 7HR
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Organised by: New Lucas Plan »

Today the world is facing multiple political, economic and environmental crises, but our political system seems to have no answer beyond business as usual. The idea of a ‘New Lucas Plan’ as one possible way forward came from a conference on the 40th anniversary of the Lucas Plan. The Lucas Plan of the 1970s was a celebrated attempt by workers at the arms related company, Lucas Aerospace, to develop a plan for conversion of the company to the production of socially useful products. Facing the threat of unemployment caused by new technology and recession, the workers collected 150 ideas from the shop floor for alternative, socially useful products that could be produced using their skills and technology.

The idea for a ‘New Lucas Plan’ is to develop plans for a new and democratically controlled economy, based on the Lucas Aerospace workers’ idea of socially useful production. The transition to a new sustainable and socially just economy will involve conversion of harmful industries in a way that must create socially useful livelihoods for workers.

One aim of the event will be to catalyse the creation of new links between different movements, with the possible aim of developing a New Lucas Plan for the Manchester area.


11:30 - Screening of 30-minute version of THE PLAN 

Introduction to Lucas Plan by:

John Routley (Lucas Aerospace Combine)

Dave King (New Lucas Plan)

12:45 - Lunch

1:30 - Workshops

Arms Conversion/Defence Diversification

Speaker from Oldham Peace Group

Jenny Clegg (Greater Manchester CND)


Sharon Graham (Unite National Organising Department)

Dave King (New Lucas Plan)

2:30 - Workshops

Just Transition/Climate Jobs

Steven Hall (GMATUC)

Speaker from Scot.E3

People's Plans for local economies

Mark Burton (Steady State Manchester)

3:30 - Tea break

3:50 - Taking it back home - a socially useful production future

Discussions of how to use the Lucas Aerospace workers' ideas of socially useful production in our workplaces and communities

5 - Close

Sponsored by New Lucas Plan, Greater Manchester Association of TUCs, Manchester Trades Union Council, Manchester CND, the Co-operative College, Steady State Manchester and Manchester Momentum.

The event will be free, with donations to cover room costs. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The venue is wheelchair accessible, with disabled toilets and a lift.