Babcock & Wilcox, Renfrew - short time.

Babcock & Wilcox, Renfrew - short time.

It was reported that almost 4,000 men on were on short time.

Messrs Babcock & Wilcox Ltd, patent water tube boilermakers and engineers, South Renfrew, have put their workers on short time, and over 3,000 men are affected. The firm are forced to take this step by not being able to ship their goods, and having a large continenetal connection they cannot export their output. The men are at work on three days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The night-shift are also on the same footing.

There was also a report about Admiralty work and overtime with Sunday overtime being paid at ordinary time. Messrs Babcock & Wilcox Ltd, had put their workers on three days a week and those employed on Admiralty work were still on full-time. In connection with this a notice to the following affect was posted in the Works.

In view of the urgent need of certain materials for the Navy, it will probably be neccessary for men in some departments to work on Saturdays and Sundays. As the funds available for wages are limited and cannot be increased in the meantime, the payment of double time for Sunday work to those working will mean so much less to other men in the works and the management ask those called upon to be content with ordinary time.

The Glasgow District Council of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers has considered the matter with a view to getting this restriction removed and have instructed their members not to work unless the ordinary overtime rates are paid.

The Amalgamated Society of Engineers has decided to write to the Admiralty on the matter.

Babcock & Wilcox workers going home at the end of their shift, c.1915
Babcock & Wilcox workers going home at the end of their shift, c.1915