VSW024 Anonymous, Slimma-Dewhirst, Goodwick
The speaker left school at 15 (1970) and went to work in Slimma’s Cardigan, following an open day at her school. She was given a machine test. She started in waistbands, then on to pockets. They had to keep up with their line or it would affect everyone’s pay. She lagged behind because she was left-handed. Tiring and tedious but skilled work. She stayed 33 years. Pressers (men) paid more than machinists. The union and disputes about working conditions. Over-locking and fire threading were dirty jobs.. Not qualified as a machinist until you have a needle through your finger. Health and Safety. Recording work on tickets. She had hearing problems – she turned her hearing aid off on the factory floor. She has a deteriorating disk form sitting all day. Xmas time was pandemonium. Everyone was on best behaviour for the M&S visits. She was devastated when she was made redundant – she misses going to work.