THE LUCAS PLAN
CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LUCAS AEROSPACE PLAN
Saturday 26th November 2016 9am – 5pm
At: BVSC (Birmingham Voluntary Service Council) 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR
The Lucas Plan was a pioneering effort by workers at the arms company Lucas Aerospace to retain jobs by proposing alternative, socially-useful applications of the company’s technology and their own skills. It remains one of the most radical and forward thinking attempts ever made by workers to take the steering wheel and directly drive the direction of change. Read the Plan here.
Today, in 2016 — 40 years after the Lucas Plan — we’re facing a convergence of crises: militarism and nuclear weapons, climate chaos, and the destruction of jobs by automation. These crises mean we have to start thinking about technology as political, as the Lucas Aerospace workers did. Our conference will aim to re-open the debate about industrial conversion and democracy.