File 6 - Interview with Jimmy Cloughley

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GB 249 SOHC 33/6


Interview with Jimmy Cloughley


  • September 2016 (Creation)

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1 digital audio file (duration 1hours 16 minutes 22 seconds)

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Recording of Jimmy Cloughley, an engineer from Govan, in conversation with Rory Stride in 2016. Cloughley did a marine engineer apprenticeship from 1955 to 1959 and worked as an engineer for Upper Clyde Shipbuilders from 1967 to 1975. He was an active trade union and Communist Party member.

[00:00:01] Introductions
[00:00:19] Talks about childhood, education, early career and working-class community
[00:05:00] Talks about work as a marine engineer and skills gained
[00:07:00] Talks about Labour’s Redundancy Payment Act
[00:07:50] Talks about time at Upper Clyde Shipbuilders from 1975
[00:10:20] Discussion about trade union involvement, Communist Party in the early 1960s, Amalgamated Engineering Union, Transport General Workers Union, benefits for workers, strike action
[00:18:13] Discussion about merging of shipbuilding companies, Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, Fairfield experiment, closure of shipyards, ‘work in’ strike action, worker support, deindustrialisation of Govan
[00:31:30] Talks about the impact of strike action and redundancy on workers
[00:34:09] Talks about local politics in Govan, communist politics, workplace engagement with politics
[00:39:23] Talks about changing attitudes to the Labour party from 1970s to 2016, Scottish Independence
[00:42:32] Discussion about public attitudes towards trade unions, decline in membership from the 1990s, Jeremy Reid foundation
[00:49:04] Talks about traits of masculinity and attitudes towards masculinity in Govan’s shipyards
[00:51:52] Talks about attitudes towards women workers in shipyards
[00:53:45] Talks about job security, redundancy and impact on workers
[00:58:44] Talks about Govan in the 1970s
[01:02:14] Talks about staff camaraderie and friendships
[01:09:14] Discussion about the closure of shipbuilding in Govan and the impact on the area
[01:13:51] Interview concludes

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Copyright: Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde

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  • English

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