1986 HUNSLET ENGINE COMPANY

  We were taken around the Hunslet     
 Engine Company by a foreman. The      
 policy is now to diversify production.
 Many goods are made from forklift     
 trucks,railbuses, diesel locomotives  
 to tools and components.We saw a      
 diesel locomotive for underground     
 working in mines under construction.  
  The management has been in the same  
 family all this century.About 500_600 
 people are employed.As the work is    
 skilled,there is a 4 year             
 apprenticeship.Most workers are men,  
 but there have been some women        
 apprentices.One is now a forewoman.   
  All the shop floor workers and the   
 foremen are members of trade unions   
 (AUEW and the ASTMS).The working day  
 is shorter:60 hours per week in 1864, 
 and 39 hours in 1985.Work is done in  
 shifts and night shifts earn 1/3 more 
 pay than day shifts.                  
 

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