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Started by: GOLDEN BEAR (4157) 

Hi chip pon,,Well i started at MB in July 1974 before any production got started , i would guess that we had all 4 lines running so it would be between 1977 to 1979 , for i along with 4 other lads were sacked in January 20th friday night shift 6.00pm to 6.00am 1981 . You state that a machine can't start if a fitter is working on it i understand that ,but the fitter in question and i knew him well was what he said he was "" INCHING THE MACHINE A SMALL TURN """ HE DID NOT DISPLAY A BOARD SAYING HE WAS WORKING ON IT THE LINE WAS SHUT DOWN FOR A PM ( PLANNED MAINTENANCE)) AND AS HIS SHOP STEWARD I STARTED THE CLAIM FOR THE LAD WHO LOST 4 OF HIS FINGERS , For other reasons which i cannot go into he was awarded a huge compensation claim , but for me it could not replace his fingers no matter how much money one gets . AS i say my start date was 1st of JULY 1974 The thing that rankles me even today was the fact that a whole pack of lies was spread about by the management , we were not given access to all our colleagues to tell them what had actually happened , Bosse's claimed that we had told the general manger to stick his hand up his rear ,which was a total fabrication all we stated was " we did not wish to shake his hand and him wish us a happy xmas """ I have to confess it was a perfect stitch up job , to get rid of a shop steward and 4 more ardent trade unionist's was ace, iv' never forgiven them and never will .. G.B.

Replied: 17th May 2021 at 14:11

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