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16 October 2014
Social Change: Employment 1945 to 1979

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George Cunningham

Worked in Linwood 1962-1980

 

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George Cunningham

"You see the factory was split in two over the road. It was the old Pressed Steel and they had stuff which they had done for years. They made trains, they made Ford bodies, they made Volvo bodies for Volvo cars. They made BMC bodies, trailers for the army; they made refrigerated 40 ft trucks for Danish bacon. Now we always looked on that both sides like kind of a rent book. When things got tough you could always fall back on it. It was about two days or three days work and you made two or three days work making car parts. So the Yanks came in and says: No, we're the car producers. Get rid of all that. You think ...no this is daft! They made the mistake.

 

It was a great place. It was hard work. Well, we worked with molten aluminium. It was warm, dusty, you were sweating. You used to take salt tablets because you sweated a lot. There was salt tablets and water for you to take because you sweated a lot and it was very warm. We were working with a furnace with 650 degrees of heat in it."

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