A Recession by "CHOICE"?
Professor | January 11, 2009 at 10:00 amby
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We may now be in a “financial” recession however the “employment” recession began many years ago, stemming from 1986, whereby the pipework of employment began to spring leaks. Take Crewe for example which was a Railway Town and home to Rolls Royce. During WW2 Crewe Works took in raw material and made everything on site towards the War effort after which it continued servicing and building Locomotives. From British Rail it became British Rail Engineering Limited [ BREL ] then subsequently a Bombardier Company. I recall that in 1988 the Management meeting the Night shift Workers clocking off at which time decisions had to be made on whether to accept redundancy that instant – “can I call my wife” some voiced!. Yes many accepted such offers that instant and didn’t turn up for any further shifts which left the Management then in state of chaos not knowing whom was still employed. Forms were then distributed factory wide asking for Name, Department and current job designation!. Those with ambitions gladly left while in the Offices seats became vacant on numbers and not on worth to the Company. At the time I was a member of a Design Team which although firstly being a design outpost from BR Derby HQ it “shifted” over into the BREL domain. In 1988 I left too after 19 years Employment in the Railway Industry but I shall always remember a Bombardier Manager holding talks with workers in which he stressed that the Company had to become more profitable and could “not afford to carry passengers”. That raised a few smiles since that was the whole purpose of Bombardier in its capacity as a Transportation Company!.
The attached images show the Changes to Crewe as a consequence of change driven by Profit.
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