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                                                                  UNION SUPPORT
                                                                  I would like to sincerely thank the AEEU for my 40-year badge sent by the
                                                                  Watford Branch. The memories it revived were matchless, the Tuesday evening
                                                                  ETU branch meetings the ever present full-time official Peter Adams to speak
Send your letters to Union News, AEEU, Hayes Court,               on behalf of government industrial staff. Plus the knowledge of the support of
West Common Road, Hayes, Bromley, Kent BR2 7AU                    all the members that the union gives.
or e-mail to please include
                                                                      These are memories that can’t be taken away. I always look forward to
a daytime telephone number (not for publication).We
reserve the right to edit or shorten letters.                     receiving Union News to keep up with events. Keep up the good work!

                                                                                                                                         John Baldwin, Spalding

                                                                  BOOK GIFT
                                                                  Just a note to say thank you for your generous gift. Kirsty has just started a
                                                                  degree course at Bell College and her first batch of books cost £80 and the
                                                                  money helped greatly. Fiona has decided to buy talking books on tape. We
                                                                  both greatly appreciate you kind gift.

                                                                                                                 Kirsty and Fiona McCallum, Blackwood

K Harrison’s letter regarding Private Pensions in
the last issue of Union News (November 2000, No                   FLOOD SAFETY?
28) sparked much debate amongst our readers.                      In view of the recent terrible floods, I think the practice of putting wiring and
Due to the avalanche of letters we received with                  junction boxes under the ground floor should cease.
regard to the issue, Union News has recruited                        Power points could be dropped from the upper floor or roof and sited a
Julian Richards, AEEU Head of Research and                        sensible distance from the floor. This would give a greater safety margin.
pensions expert and Alastair Darling, Secretary of
State for Social Security to respond to questions                                                                                          S R Adams, Middlesex
and concerns you have raised – see pages 18-19.

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  " letters
VALUABLE SERVICE                                      UNION MEMORIES
I am writing to thank the AEEU for a valuable         I would like to thank you and the Union for my recent Xmas grant. This has
service carried out on my behalf by Tony Pearce       taken my mind back to when I was 16 and joined the old AEU as a Section
at the Bristol branch.                                4a member on the 2 September 1941, since when I’ve been an active trade
   I have not worked for almost two years since       unionist all my working life.
being registered partially sighted and with other         I was a foundation member of the South London District Junior Workers
health problems I will not be working again,          Committee. After returning from the Forces in 1947, I then transferred to
especially at the age of 62 years. I applied          Section 1 of the Union. Subscriptions were 2/- weekly (10p) of which 6d (2
unsuccessfully for Disabled Living Allowance.         1/2p) was for superannuation of £1 benefit.
Tony represented me at an Appeal Tribunal and             I was a shop steward, Branch President etc. and was in the Camberwell,
by unanimous decision got me a DLA allowance          Well Hall (Eltam) and Herne Bay Branches till 1960 when I joined the Co-
for life. Thank you Tony and the AEEU                 operative Insurance Society as an agent and transfer to the Out of Trade
                                 T M Lewis, Bristol   Section. I then took an active part in the CIS Agents Branch of USDAW
                                                      serving as Group Secretary and later as Chairman of the Area Council.
MANUFACTURING SUPPORT                                     I had to retire early due to Rheumatoid Arthritis and have since been a
Sir Ken Jackson is totally right when he says         superannuated member for some years now.
manufacturing is vitally important (see Union             I would like to send my good wishes to any of my former Union brothers
News Issue 28). That is why we must do all we         if still around in Camberwell, Well Hall and Herne Bay Engineering Section
can to stop Vauxhall closing its Luton plant.         Branches. After I retired I was Branch Referee for some years of the Herne
                        Bob Dunn, West Midlands       Bay Branch before the Branch closed.
                                                                                                         Peter Seymour, Herne Bay
Editor’s note: The AEEU is involved in a vigorous
campaign to reverse Vauxhall’s decision (see
article, page9 ) and Sir Ken led speakers at a
rally and march defending manufacturing and
supporting the Vauxhall workers on 20 January.
Union News will continue to report developments
as the campaign gathers pace.

Would you please print my letter in the Union
News as a show of my appreciation for the help
given to me by Brother Ray Dillon Regional Office
(Slough) in my dispute over an improved pension
with the Hampshire County Council, which I am
now receiving.
               Brother Brian Davies, Basingstoke

I would like to thank the AEEU for their help and
support over the last three years during my fight
for industrial deafness. It was only through
reading an article in Union News that I realised      MAJOR CONTRIBUTION
that I was eligible.                                  Please see a photo taken during November – the month I retired. I came
   Through the efficient and professional             across my collection of Union Membership Cards since 1960 to date and
workings of the union solicitors Lanfords, my         took the photo. I transferred from the NUR, of which I had been a member
case was brought to a satisfactory conclusion and     of eight years. On joining the ETU the weekly due was 2 shillings and 3
I am now in receipt of compensation. Thanks for       pence and a wage of £11 per week – times have changed!
bringing my case to a satisfactory end, both the
union and the union’s solicitors especially Lee                                                           J M Rickard, Romford
Purton.To anyone else who may read this
remember the union will look after you if asked
even if you are a pensioner.
                          Derek McEleavey, Penrith

 Unionnews February 2001
 " letters

Only love can make it rain
The way the beach is kissed by the sea
Only love can make it rain
Like the sweat of Lovers
Laying in a field

On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spent apart alone
I need to get back home
To cool, cool rain                                  WESTMINSTER VISIT
I cannot sleep and I cannot think                   I am writing on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, to thank
The nights are hot and black as ink                 you [AEEU MP, John Spellar, Minister for the Armed Forces] for attending
Oh, God I need a drink                              the East and West Midlands region’s Commons reception and discussion.
Of cool, cool rain                                     I know that with the pre-budget report this week has been a particularly
                                                    busy time, and my members are particularly grateful that you spared the
Only Love can make it rain                          time to meet us.
Oh, How I love the RAIN                                Thank you once again for taking the time to meet us.

             Retired AEEU Member (Aerospace)                            Sir Michael Moore, KBE LVO Director General, IMechE

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                                                                                                              February 2001 Unionnews
                                CLEETHORPES. Caravan          rooms, sleeps 5, peaceful       market and local bus. Rent     ALICANTE. Private villa,
                                sleeps 6, disabled ramp,      location      with     lovely   from £130 per week.            private pool, patios,
                                w/c, shower, gas, electric,   country and sea views.                     ¤ 01772 339 185     gardens, sunroof, tv, fully
CAP D’AGDE. South of            TV, fridge. Sorry no          Available all year.             EXMOUTH, DEVON Cliffs.         equipped, 2 bedrooms,
FLORIDA, KISSIMMEE. 3           bedding. Park entertain-                      ¤ 01840 306     Six berth caravan, fully       sleeps 5/6, £100 to £400
bedroom villa for rent,         ment available, small         WEYMOUTH BAY (Haven             equipped on Haven site.        per week for the villa, not
sleeps 8, private pool Hwy      weekly fee. For details.      Site). Three bedroom                       ¤ 01225 315 402     per person. Near beaches.
192 only 1 mile. Near                     ¤ 01472 593 038     caravan, sleeps 8, includes     DISNEY, FLORIDA. St                         ¤ 01527 64149
Disney. ¤ 01639 884 650         FLORIDA. Luxury Villa. 4      indoor and outdoor heated       Cloud/Kissimmee Border.        KESWICK, ARRON Lodge.
CORNWALL,                       bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,        pools, plus entertainment,      Quiet estate. Virgin’s         Original station masters
PERRANPORTH.            Self-   lounge, TV den, dining        gas, electric and bed linen     Country Crossings. 20          house. Quietly set in own
catering cottage, sleeps 4,     room, air conditioning,       included. For details.          mins from major attract-       grounds, 5 mins from town
on a small farm close to        private pool. Main attract-               ¤ 01722 716 551     ions, 3 beds, 2 baths, solar   centre, offers high quality
beaches, golf course, Truro     ions 15 mins away.            SOUTH SUFFOLK. Quiet,           heated pool, air condit-       accomodation. En-suite
Cathedral, central for          Welcome pack. Reason-         cosy, self-catering lodge.      ioning, satellite tv, video,   bedrooms, non-smoking.
touring Cornwall. Pets          able rates.                   Recently refurbished and        audio-unit, sleeps 6/8.        Private Parking. B&B £22-
Welcome, short breaks                ¤/fax: 0208 422 2305     designed to allow full          Booking 2001/2002.             £25
available. Fully equipped.      MED CRUISING. (dot) com       access to wheelchair                       ¤ 01708 769 645               ¤ 01768 772 399
           ¤ 01872 573 962      affordable cruising on the    users. Sleeps 2. Two nights     FULLY FURNISHED chalet         BARNHAM BROOM Golf &
FRANCE,         NORTHERN        Spanish mediteranean.         £60. Includes linen/-           with income potential. St      Country Club, Norfolk. 2
DORDOGNE. House sleeps          Brand new, self skippered.    electricity. Colour brochure    Merryn near Padstow.           bedroom, sleeps 6, self-
6, lodge sleeps 8, mill         Fly/Bridge cruisers. 10       available. ¤ 01449 741 557      Includes all fixtures and      catering apartment. 30th
sleeps 10, mostly en-suite,     year package. (Cash back      PORTUGAL,         ALGARVE.      fittings. Bedding, fridge,     June to 7th July. Free
swimming pool, lakes for        at end). Brochure request     Spacious two bedroom            C.T.V etc. Large club          unlimited golf on 2 18-hole
fishing, all within four        0035 076 636 or visit our     apartment, 100 yards from       house, games and child-        courses. Also, free tennis,
acres of private grounds.       website.                      the sea. Scenic views of        rens room, launderette         swimming, two restaur-
Open all year round.            COSTA DEL SOL. One            Luz Bay Beach and cliffs        and shop. £9,995.              ants. £500 further details.
Brochure available.             bedroom apartment to let      from balcony. Close to                    ¤ 01626 832 952.                ¤ 01709 873 176
           ¤ 01480 217 860      in Benal Madena. Short or     shops, restaurants and          DORDOGNE. Well equip-          LAKE DISTRICT, Ullswater.
NORTH NORFOLK. Ideally          long term. Residential        friendly bars.                  ped 3BR house in quiet         Comfortable, central heat-
situated, quiet, cosy,          area. Close to shops and                  ¤ 020 8427 3121     location near shops, river     ed, two bedroom cottage,
comfortable, self catering      sea. for more details.        AUSTRALIA,          CAIRNS.     and Sarlat. Available fort-    sleeps four, bed linen
cottages, owner super-                    ¤ 01246 455 833     Luxury one/two bedroom          nights, 18/4-02/5; 11/7-       provided, private parking,
vised, equipped to a high       BENAL MADENA, Costa           apartments overlooking          25-7; 19/9-03/10; 03/10-       open all year, short breaks
standard. Also site for         Del Sol. 1 bedroom            the waterfront. Swimming        17/10. Watson.                 available. Dogs welcome.
touring caravans. Open all      apartment, sleeps 4, time-    pool, spa, BBQ. Walking              ¤ /fax: 020 8330 2487               ¤ 01768 482 469
year.                           share promotion on sea-       distance from town centre.      SCOTLAND, PERTHSHIRE.          FLORIDA, KISSIMMEE.            front. £150 per apart-        Airport 10 minutes. For         Charming, comfortable, 3       (Lindfields Luxury) 4
           ¤ 01263 860 614      ment/per week. Couples        details contact David.          bedroom cottage in small       bedroom, 2 bathrooms,
TENERIFE, Play De Las           prefered. ¤ 0113 22 66 726                ¤ 020 8751 5501     town. Sleeps 6, ideal          air-con, large screened
Americas. Private one           COSTA DEL SOL. Two            DEVON CLIFFS, Exmouth.          location for touring, walk-    heated pool, 6 miles from
bedroom apartment to let.       bedroom air conditioned       Haven Park, 8 berth             ing, golf etc.                 Disney. Fully equipped
Couples preferred. TV,          apartment to let. Superior    caravan. C.T.V, microwave,                 ¤ 020 8286 2616     laundry, TV, beautifully
swimming pool, tennis.          complex, swimming pool,       fridge freezer, sea views,      FLORIDA, KISSIMMEE.            furnished. May suit some
Adjacent new golf course.       near golf, sea, amenities.    separate toilet, shower         Luxury 4 bedroom, 2            people with disabilities.
5 mins walk to sea. Flights     Reference: Rentals Monte      room. Includes all Haven        bathroom villa, sleeps 10,               ¤ 01429 263 467
arranged if required.           929 Miraflores. E-mail:       facilities, entertainment.      plus cot, private heated       PRIMROSE             VALLEY
           ¤ 01246 419 280          £199 to £449 weekly.            south facing pool, 10 mins     (Haven). Luxury 8 berth
LAKE DISTRICT, Keswick.                ¤ 0034 952 930 939                ¤ 02380 398 710      from Disney. Booking for       caravan, veranda, TV/-
Cosy terraced cottage.          CORNWALL,           Riviera   FLORIDA, DISNEY. Luxury         2002, some late/early          video, CD hi-fi, microwave,
Clean and comfortable,          Towans Hayle. 6 berth, 3      four bedroom, three             dates available for 2001.      patio set, loungers, iron,
close to town centre.           bedroom bungalow with         bathroom villa with private     Phone/fax: 01535 633 563       hairdryer, electric fan,
Sleeps 4, open all year.        sea views, four mins walk     pool. Two lounges, dining       DISNEY, FLORIDA. Private       electric heater, high chair,
Sorry no smoking, no pets.      to three miles of sandy       area, air conditioned, 15       luxury villa, three bed-       cot. Superb entertainment,
For leaflet and details         beach. Fully equipped.        mins from Disney.               room, two bathrooms,           bedding, passes included.
¤ 01228 560 444                 Dogs welcome. From £124       ¤ 0191 250 1305 for details     heated screened pool, Air-     No pets. ¤ 01302 890 912
TIME SHARE for sale. A          pw.        ¤ 01326 565 891    MALAGA, COSTA DEL SOL.          con, cable tv, close to all    IRELAND, CLONAKILTY,
studio apartment in a five      CORNWALL, BOSCASTLE.          Superb 3 bedroom apart-         attractions. For full infor-   West Cork. If your priority
star hotel. The Clover Club     Comfortable holiday cott-     ment with balcony and           mation and brochures.          is      old       fashioned
Bogiba,      Malta.     Cost    age barn conversion on a      large private terrace, 200      phone/fax Glynn:               hospitality, good Irish
£3,500. Will accept £1,500.     farm, fully equipped with     yards away from beach,                     ¤ 01226 714 343     breakfast/Vegetarian.
¤ 01472 602 824                 central heating, two bed-     bars, restaurants, super-       SPAIN,       SOUTH       OF    Comfortable         en-suite

   Unionnews February 2001
bedroom, Walks, beaches         disabilities.
and golf. Also available                    ¤ 01429 263 467                                                                                           Members wishing to

one bedroom self catering       ‘HEARTBEAT COUNTRY’                                                                                                   advertise in the small ads
                                                                                                                                                      section of Union News are
apartment.                      tastefully renovated 19th
                                                                                                                                                      requested to make a
         ¤ 00 353 233 4436      century        cottage.     3                                                                                         donation of a minimum of
IRELAND, CLONAKILTY,            bedrooms, sleeps 6,                                                                                                   £3.00 to the Union’s
West Cork. Charming 2           beamed ceiling, open fire.           ONLY £3 TO UNION MEMBERS                                                         Centenary Fund, PHAB,
bedroom 18th Century            Within easy reach of                     Please tick the category that your advertisement is                          which helps people with

cottage. Fully equipped         Whitby,        Scarborough,                                  intended for                                             physical disabilities to buy
                                                                                                                                                      equipment that will give
with cosy open fire, all        York. Modern amenities,              s CARS    s MISCELLANEOUS s HOLIDAYS                                             them greater
home comforts, very             heating, linen included.             s SERVICES s HOUSES       s WANTED                                               independence. All you
private. Ideal location for     Excellent walking area.              Write out your advertisement on the form below. Maximum number of                need to do is complete the
                                                                     words: 30. Telephone numbers count as one word. Please use block capitals.       form on the left and send it
walks, beaches, golf and                    ¤ 01287 660 248          Only forms with membership numbers will be included.                             to us – with your cheque
touring. Mary Reilly:           FLORIDA, DISNEY. 3                                                                                                    or postal order made
        ¤ 00 353 23 344 36      bedroom villa, free pool,                                                                                             payable to
COSTA DEL SOL. One              heating, superb accomo-                                                                                               ‘The Centenary Fund’ – by
bedroom apartment To Let.       dation, theme parks 20                                                                                                the deadline stated below.
                                                                                                                                                      We reserve the right to
Residential Area close to       mins. Flights, car hire
                                                                                                                                                      withhold or edit any
shops and sea in Benal-         arranged,         competitive                                                                                         advertisements deemed
madena, Costa. Long or          weekly rentals from £335.                                                                                             unsuitable for inclusion.
short term Let.                       ¤/fax: 01202 686 154.
            ¤ 01246 455 833     French Riviera, Frejus.
SCOTLAND, WICK, Caith-          Close to Nice and Cannes.
ness. Holiday Cottage           Mobile home sleeps six,
sleeps two, fully equipped,     superb site, pools, sports
sea views, pets welcome.        facilities entertainment.
£80-£130        per    week,    Ferry enroute hotels                 I declare I am a s member s retired member
                                                                                                                                                       For inclusion in the next issue
includes electricity and        Disneyland, Paris can be             Union membership number                                                           of Union News send by
linnen. ¤ 01955 609 191         arranged. ¤ 02476 334 071            Name                                                                              19 March to: Union News
                                                                                                                                                       Small Ads, AEEU, Hayes
UNSPOILT TUSCANY Farm-          BATH BREAKS only £69 for
                                                                     Address                                                                           Court, West Common Road,
house. Self catering apart-     two nights. £99 for three.                                                                                             Hayes, Bromley,
ments, sleeps 2/4/6 in          En-suite B&B. Excellent                                                                                                Kent BR2 7AU.
luxury. Two hours Pisa or       breakfast, ideal location                               Postcode                                                             All forms must be
                                                                                                                                                       accompanied by a cheque for
Roue by Car. Good cheap         for shopping, sightseeing
                                                                     Telephone                                                                         at least £3.00 made payable
food/wine.          Florence,   and enticing restaurants.                                                                                              to ‘The Centenary Fund’
beach, mountains one            ETB Highly commended.
hour. For brochure              The Pilgrims.
              ¤ 01276 26006                 ¤ 01225 310 204      CORNWALL,          stunning                FLORIDA, KISSIMMEE.                   2002. For a brochure.
FRENCH RIVIERA Anitbes,         HAVEN, CALIFORNIA Cliffs,        view. Directly over New-                   Rolling Hills Estate. 5                     ¤/fax: 01642 325 652
between Nice and Cannes.        Great Yarmouth. Eight            quay’s Fistral beach.                      minutes from Disney main              PORTUGAL,        ALGARVE.
Six berth mobile homes to       berth, three bedroom             Modern two bedroom                         gate. 5* rated villa. 7               Spacious two bedroom
Let. Beautiful three star       luxury caravan. Gas,             apartment with balcony.                    rooms, sleeps 10 people,              apartment, 100 yards from
site. Bar, restaurant, disco,   electricity and passes in-       Fully equipped kitchen.                    south facing private pool.            the sea. Scenic views of
takeaway, swimming pool,        cluded, all mod cons.            Towels, linen and elect-                   All modern convenience.               Luz Bay beach and cliffs
beach 300yards.                 Three bars, pool, enter-         ricity inlcuded. Avail-able                The true Florida style                from balcony. Close to
            ¤ 0113 293 7637     tainment, Tiger Club all         all year. Sorry no pets.                   booking for 2000/2001.                shops, restaurants and
CAP D’AGDE, South of            included. ¤ 01274 598 438                    ¤ 01932 229 319                           ¤ 0121 624 6094            friendly bars.
France, Languedoc region.       FLORIDA, ORLANDO. Two            ENCHANTING Surtainville,                   TORQUAY,           DEVON.                        ¤ 020 8427 3121
Apartment sleeps 2/4. All       bedroom, two bathroom.           Normandy, 2 bedroom                        ‘Montoon’ family run hotel            FLORIDA, GULF COAST.
amenities, golf course and      Air-conditioned         villa,   cottage, sleeps 4+, small                  B&B,      evening     meal            Villa for rent, three bed-
lovely sandy beaches            sleeps 4-6, free golf,           hamlet, hour Cherbourg,                    optional. All rooms central           rooms, two bathrooms,
nearby. Lively resort with      communal pool, tennis            300m Beautiful sandy                       heating, tv, coffee/tea               private screened pool,
lots to do. for details.        courts near attractions.         beach, heating, TV, ideal                  maker, en-suites, central             close to beaches, golf,
            ¤ 01483 892 099                ¤ 01745 833 426.      holiday location. £180 to                  shops, sea. mid-week,                 fishing, restaurants and
ORLANDO (LINDFIELDS).           NORWEGIAN LOG Cabin,             £320       p/w     brochure                weekend breaks accepted.              shops.
Luxurious four bedroomed        Snowdonia National Park.         available. ¤ 01489 573 152                            ¤ 01803 293 718                  ¤/fax: 01493 781 479
villa, pool, air conditioning   Sleeps 6, TV, video, ski         MAJORCA, Gold crown                        Orlando, Florida. New                 NERJA, COSTA DEL SOL. 2
laundry, TV, table tennis       slope,      forest    walks,     time share at Garden Lago.                 luxurious four bedroom,               bedroom apartment on
beautifully furnished, 6        mountain bikes, climbing,        Sleeps 6, two bedrooms,                    two bathroom villa. Sleeps            Burriana beach. Fully
miles from Disney in quiet      fishing, pub on site with        one week, September                        10, own pool/jacuzzi, air-            equipped kitchen, lounge
neighbourhood. May suit         child facilities.                week 37 £3,000.                            conditioned. 10 mins from             with satellite tv leading
some        people       with   ¤ 0151 336 2908 for details                  ¤ 01633 810444                 Disney. Booking 2001/-                onto a large balcony.

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            ¤ 01202 463 115      facing extended deck.
CORNWALL            RIVIERE,     BBQ, zoned air-condition-               CARS                  MISCELLANEOUS                      SERVICES
Towans Hayle. Six berth,         ing, 52" cable tv, superbly    FOR SALE. 316 BMW 1983.        SUNRISE MEDICAL Breezy         BIOFLOW. Magnotherapy
three bedroom bungalow           equipped       through-out.    Metallic Silver. Sunroof,      wheelchair. 18" seat. Solid    products for people and
with sea view, four mins         Disney 12 mins. Booking        Alloy wheels, long test        tyres with Jay basic seat      pets. A drug free approach
walk to beach, fully             2002/2003.                     alarm. Good condition.         cushion. £200.                 to easing aches and pains.
equipped, dogs welcome,                     ¤ 01234 303 354     £200 ono. ¤ 0114 255 3881                 ¤ 0121 743 0681     Free colour brochure from
from £130 pw.                    COSTA BRAVA. Mobile                                 e-mail:   BLOCKMASTER hot foil           Clem Lang.
           ¤ 01326 565 891       home required to rent for      printer 8x5 with foils and                ¤ 01326 315 260
FRIDAYTHORPE, Yorkshire          two weeks on established       MOTOR CYCLE HONDA.             accessories. £300.             independent distributor
Wolds. Well equipped self        site with pool near beach      CDU 250cc Twin F Reg               ¤ 01652 653 703 (Lincs)
                                                                                                                              CAREER DEVELOPMENT
catering cottage, peaceful       and all Amenities. August      taxed MOT, 10 months,          CARAVAN fitted table with
                                                                                                                              Course. High quality, low
location, situated centrally     preffered.                     good condition. New tyres      drawers under. Fits front of
                                                                                                                              cost. Down-load from the
between York and East                       ¤ 01633 663 508     £475 ono. ¤ 01905 423 871      most makes. £40.
                                                                                                                              internet. Section one free,
Coast. Ideal for touring or      FLORIDA, GULF COAST.           VW BEETLE 1972 with MOT                   ¤ 01652 653 703
                                                                                                                              other sections £10. For
walking. Linen and heating       Superb villa, 3 beds, 2        and      tax     exemption     FOR SALE. Avo Model 8mk
                                                                                                                              details visit our website.
inc. Sleeps 5.                   bathrooms, large lounge,       mechanical sound. 1300cc       and 9mk, IV. Condition as
                                                                                               new, leads, test prods and     www.p-pdevelopment
           ¤ 01377 288 255       diner, fully fitted kitchen,   engine, very clean with low                         
                                                                                               leather case. £88.
COSTA       BLANCA,        La    heated pool. Large enclo-      mileage, one careful                                          AIR MILES vouchers£5 per
                                                                                                         ¤ 01476 563 869.
Marina.       2     bedroom      sure with patio furniture,     retired owner. £2,500 req-                                    100. ¤ Eddie: 01253 392
                                                                                               FOR SALE. Plumbers,
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    Unionnews February 2001
Members news
       In my time
                    PETER HAYNES
 When Peter Haynes left school all he wanted to do
was join the navy and see the world. In 1955, after
serving his apprenticeship, Peter was presented with
 an opportunity to realise his ambition. From Cario
 to New York to India, Peter tells In My Time what
   his time as a 24-year old first ripper involved.

Join the navy and see the world was my ambition
when leaving school and this is how I did it.
                                                                                                                PETER HAYNES: The Navy
    The year is 1950 and it is the first day of my
five-year engineering apprenticeship at
    R & H Green and SiIIey Weir, ship repairers at the
                                                         Worldwide                                              took him around the world

Royal Albert Dock London.
    It was an exciting place to be at that time. The
London docks were the biggest and busiest with
ships from every corner of the globe then.               We were left in Cairo for three days, going round
    New apprentices were shown around the                the Pyramids and spending evenings at the open air
workshops before being put in charge of the two          late night cinema. Then we were sent by local bus,
elderly storekeepers Charlie and Ernie for the first      complete with luggage and local’s chickens,
four weeks. They had to learn the names of all the       vegetables and parcels across the desert for a four
tools and what they were used for.                       and a half hour drive to Port Said.
    At four o’clock they had to walk up to the next         Arriving in Port Said we were placed in a hotel
dock where they would wait for the newspaper             near the beach to wait for the ‘City of Coventry’ to
delivery van. When he stopped they sat on the            take us as passengers to St John New Brunswick in
tailboard and asked for the number of evening            Canada. A week in Port Said was relaxing, but
papers that the men in the workshop had ordered          limited for recreation.
that day. By then, the van would be back at the             Once in the Coventry we had a restful trip of 15
works and you jumped off with the papers. At the         days with just four other passengers to Canada. St
end of the week you might get a tip of one or two        John was the winter port for ships when the others
pence from the more generous ones.                       were frozen up, so it was very quiet.

Moving on                                                States side
    It is 1955 and the London docks are full of ships        We were rushed through customs and had to go        Have you got an
from all over the world. I have served enough of         to the US consulate for visas and fingerprints and       interesting story
my five year engineering apprenticeship at R & H          were put on a sleeper train to Boston. Arriving in      to tell?
Green and Silley Weirs to apply for a junior             New York’s huge Grand Central station on Saturday       If your job was very
engineers job at sea. I wanted a steam ship,             afternoon meant another wait till an agent turned       different from today’s
preferably turbine, which are still the best if you      up and put us in a nice hotel one block away from       working practices, for
                                                                                                                 example in motor
can afford to run them.                                  the Empire State Building.
    I had had enough of standing on a slippery plank         More sightseeing and it was Tuesday when the        shipbuilding, or
in a diesel crankcase flogging up bottom end bolts        agent sent us down to Baltimore where we finally         construction or was in
with a 28lb sledgehammer. That was not my idea of        got on board the Bristol. The Chief Engineer was        some way a
a seagoing engineers job. With cheap boiler oil and      amazed at our travels as we sat in his cabin            technological world
                                                                                                                 apart from today’s
burning 90 to 120 tons a day for about 1 Gknots          drinking war beer because power was off for repairs.
                                                                                                                 modern industries, then
speed for the average cargo liner of those days, we          The temperature was still in the 90’s F as there    let us know in no more
sailed in the surviving ships from pre-war building.     was a heatwave. I was only on the Bristol for three     than 750 words.
    Ellerman Lines signed me up for £35 per month. I     days before I was sent back to New York to replace      Original pictures will be
was flown with three other engineers to Port Said to      a sick junior engineer on the ‘City of Calcutta.’       looked after and
                                                                                                                 returned. Send articles
join the ‘City of Bristol.’ Due to the flight delay and       To add to the confusion, the Purser of the
                                                                                                                 to In my time, Union
clerical error, we were too late to catch the Bristol    Coventry was there and the Calcutta sailed with the     News, AEEU, Hayes
and it was 24 days later before we caught the ship       Captain of the Bristol as their one fell off the        Court, West Common
in Baltimore. All this was very exciting to a 24-year    gangway of the Madras. We eventually left the           Road Bromley BR2 7AU.
old first tripper.                                        following day with a mixed cargo for India.
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