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My Time at the Mill

Submitted By : Jean Limpitlaw (nee Shaw)  
Date Submitted: 26th January 2004
Department: Rewinding, Pre-waxing,Spooling & Dyehouse
Length of Service: 24 Years ( not continuous)
Reason For Leaving: Voluntary redundancy
Mill Memories / Comment: My Time at the Mill
There was a factory at Thornliebank called Remington Rand. Every year around about October they started extra staff to meet orders for Christmas. Once these orders had been met, they paid off most of the extra staff. The wages were a lot higher than the Mill paid, so a lot of us applied for jobs. I went to Miss Walton to put in my notice and she asked if I was going to work at the Remington factory. When I told her I was, she told me not to bother coming back to the Mill looking for my job. She said there was no way she would employ any of us again.

As soon as I started my new job I knew that I had made a mistake. I hated it right from the start. After two days I decided I would try and get my old job back again at the Mill. I thought there would be no problem, but Miss Walton just laughed and sent me away. I was very upset, but a friend who had worked beside me asked my foreman Robert McArthur if I could get my job back. He asked Walter Tubman who agreed and overuled Miss Walton. So I started back right away.

I was happy to get back to the Mill. Most of my working life was spent at Neilston and later at Newton Mearns.

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