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
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both greatly appreciate you kind gift.
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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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February 2001 Unionnews
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
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
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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providing a comprehensive training and NVQ assessment service to the industry.
If you are a qualiﬁed electrician and looking for ﬂexible, local part-time work in the industry, this may be the
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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,
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¤ 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-
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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.
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arranged if required. 929 Miraflores. E-mail: facilities, entertainment. plus cot, private heated PRIMROSE VALLEY
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Cosy terraced cottage. CORNWALL, Riviera FLORIDA, DISNEY. Luxury 2002, some late/early video, CD hi-fi, microwave,
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close to town centre. bedroom bungalow with bathroom villa with private Phone/fax: 01535 633 563 hairdryer, electric fan,
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¤ 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
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¤ 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
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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
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luxury. Two hours Pisa or breakfast, ideal location Postcode All forms must be
accompanied by a cheque for
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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.
February 2001 Unionnews
¤ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
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
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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,
bungalow. Sleeps 4-5, good shopping and eating uired for this wonderful
Hillmore bending machine
sunny terrace. All near by. £325 per week. car. ¤ 01925 632 912
with vice attachment on
amenities withing walking Bob Elliot: KAWASAKI Z900 Rickman.
tripod. Size" to 1"
distance. Near long sandy ¤ 01234 303 919 1976, collectors item. Vgc. inclusive. Excellent cond-
beach. Washing machine. NORTH WALES, Cardigan. Mostly original but motor ition. £60 ¤ 01978 359 811
Satellite tv, microwave, Comfortable bungalow, needs work. Call for ZANUSSI undercounter
great family location. garage, grounds. Semi details. £750 ono. fridge/freezer. 4.6c ft
£100-250 per week. rural location. Ideal base ¤ 01482 561 919 gross. Fresh storage, 4.5 cf
¤ 01474 564 094 for visiting places. Walking MGB GT 1974 in lovely freezer. H 850 mm, W
BLACKPOOL. LUXURY 3 area. Near beaches. 1 condition. The colour is 895mm, D 600mm. White,
bedroom caravan. Super small dog accepted. Sorry blaze, full length webaston as new £150. Can deliver
site, all amenities, no babies. Night storage sun roof and new MOT. locally. Model ZT45/30SS.
lakeside pitch, fully heaters. ¤ 01239 612 427 £3,495. ¤ 01271 862 357 Worcester Park, Surrey. Mr
equipped kitchen and COSTA BLANCA. Quality RENAULT TRAFIC. 2 berth, Watson. ¤ 020 8330 2487
heating, colour tv, family privately owned 2-3 auto sleeper, F reg, 1995cc CONWY CRUISER (93).
site. Phone for prices, bedroom villas. 1-2 bed- petrol, 3 way fridge, c&h Sleeps 6, large awning, 3
brochure or more details. room apartments from water, toilet, mains hook way fridge, cooker, heater,
¤ 01594 836 280 £100 pw. Beaches, golf, up. £4,500 ono. wardrobe, water pump,
FLORIDA, KISSIMMEE. 2 bars, restaurants, 30 mins ¤ 01994 419 601 garaged, clean. Can be
seen, up to 2 batteries, gas
bedroom, 2 bathroom, air- from Alicante airport. 50
bottle, curtan for awning.
conditioned villa with own mins Terre-Metica Park.
£3,000 ono. Extras.
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¤ 01623 555 738 £52 pp, D,B&B £75pp En- house. Freehold, no quality and good valve.
BOURNEMOUTH area. suite rooms. Colour tv’s, chains, for sale. Dingle Phone for price list/-
Southbourne holiday tea/coffee trays, excellent South, Liverpool. Handy details. Louise.
flatlet. Ideal for beach, food, non-smoking, for local shops, schools, ¤ 01753 851 304
Bournemouth and Christ- convenient but quiet parks and Oterspool DAWES BICYCLE, H Build
church, fully equipped location. Private parking promanarde. 10 minutes Renolds 50 C-C20" carrier,
double room. Available available. Liverpool City Centre. alloy parts, dynamo Sigma
Monday/Friday, Friday/- ¤/fax: 015394 442 03 £20,995. Shiman 7 speed gear, can
Monday or full week. CORNWALL, Roseland Info Line: ¤ 01942 706 735 be changed when stopped.
¤ 01202 426 650 for Penin-sula, 3 bedroom JUST RELEASED Crystal Ill health forces sale, 11
further details. luxury lodge, en-suite off Waters Apartments, La months use, 520 miles,
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Unionnews February 2001
In my time
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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