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December 1969

Firm cuts out night shift after protests
   A Wigan works has scrapped its nightshift... to help neighbouring residents sleep more soundly.
   Flat-dwellers in Elliot Drive, Worsley Mesnes, found they were being kept awake by things going bump in the night at the old Worsley Mesnes Ironworks occupied now by Readson Engineering Ltd.
   But when works officials heard of their protests, they took immediate action in sympathy with the residents.
   Now the firm's working day has been arranged and the night shift brought to a halt.
   A spokesman for the firm said this week: "When we first received the complaints, we put up signs to keep all doors in the works closed."
   "But this step was unsuccessful and we decided the best answer would be stop night work altogether."
   Another official said: "We like to keep on friendly terms with the neighbours and anyone who still has a complaint can come in and see us."
   "The noisy jobs which caused the protests will now all be done during the day. The men did not mind coming off nights. I don't think their pay will be affected."
   Mrs Molly Owens, of Elliot Drive, one of 40 people who signed a protest petition to Wigan Corporation, gave her verdict on the new arrangement.
   "It's much better - at least we can get to sleep now," she said. "But we really suffered for a long time."

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