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Issue No. 2
from the Factory Manager
special greeting for the first edition proper of the unnamed Castle
Mills newsletter! I hope that everyone will take the time to submit at
least one entry in the title-naming contest. Remember – your interest
and participation are essential to the success of the venture whose main
objective is to improve communication between all sections of the
up (from you to me) is just as important as communicating down (from me
to you). Only by the free exchange of information in both directions can
we work toward a common objective in an atmosphere free of rumour and
tension. Working under these circumstances will be more enjoyable –
let’s try it!
Birthday to you
Fallon on Sunday 30th April.
Gray on Tuesday 2nd May
last but not least
Joe McLennan on Wednesday 3rd May.
summer season is now in full swing and the next important match is for
the Inter-Dept. Trophy, which is being held at Gullane No. 3 course on
Saturday 13th May. Thisis a team event, ande is open to our
Castle Mills and Newbridge factories. Since its inception in 1967, this
trophy has always been won by a Castle Mills team, although last year it
was shared with I.E.D., Newbridge.
two teams entered this year are as follows :-
on the Winter Season, two successes were obtained by Castle Mills
personnel;. Partnered by I. Renton of Newbridge, Dave Forsyth won the
Winter Foursomes and the Morrison Putter (best aggregate in Winter
Medals) was won by Ian Topple, Materials Flow.
the last several weeks there have been definite signs of improvement in
the oil hose order situation. While we have not received any major
systems contracts we are advised by the Sales Department that several
major contracts will be awarded in the near future and that our
quotations put us in good position to be the successful bidder. We have,
however, received several orders for spare hoses for the Das Island
Installation. This means going back to our previous flotation
construction as the Sales Department wants the spare lengths to be
identical to the original line that we furnished in January.
Robinson found a new customer who was in urgent need of replacements for
defective hose made by one of our competitors. By giving a good delivery
promise he got an order for 16 lengths of H.1515 without nipples.
Although we had some trouble with the outside diameter caused by lack of
definite information when we started the order, the customer was pleased
with our service. Good performance of our hose in the field should bring
us more business from this customer.
should all be encouraged by the money and effort that the company is
spending to promote Castle Mills products at two major trade expositions
being held in May. In addition, a sample of our latest AQUAFLOAT
construction will be shown at the International Rubber Conference to be
held at Brighton in Several weeks. More
of this next week.
THE GOOD NEWS
– that’s the only way to describe the way the entries for a Title
are coming in.
amount of interest shown in this simple competition has surpassed all
judges are going to have one helluva job picking the Winner.
be put off though – you still have until the 12th May to
get your entries in and yours might just be the one the Judges like the
best – so keep them coming.
THE BAD NEWS
in helping to keep the Newsletter going has been most disappointing. In
fact, no one has come forward with any offer at all.
forget one of the prime aims in starting off this venture was to give
you the chance to air your views, bitch against what you consider faults
in the system, ask for answers to questions which are bugging you, etc,
etc. It is you on the shop floor that hear all the complaints, rumours,
etc. Give us a chance to clear the air by passing this information on.
Kay, ex Factory Manager, is due home from Japan on the 3rd of
May to take his wife and family back to Japan with him. He is home for
two weeks and we hope during this time he will look in to see his old
changes in the Personal Allowance announced by the Chancellor of the
Exchequer in the last Budget have been applied by Payroll this week.
Everyone paying tax in the Tax Year just started should have either a
small rebate or a reduced tax payment. Salaried Staff will receive the
benefit of this in the May salaries.
Tax Forms P60 were in the pay envelopes or salary advices last week.
This shows the total earnings, tax paid, National Insurance, Graduated
Contributions and where applicable Superannuation Contributions in the
year 1971-72. Hold on to them. You have no idea the trouble caused at a
later date if they are lost. Certainly earnings related benefit
entitlement in respect of sickness or unemployment will be held up until
a replacement can be obtained. It may also be required for rebates of
Local Authority rents or rates.
is a useful document – don’t lose it!!
N.J.I.C. for the Rubber Industry have at last reached agreement on the
proposed changes in Section Five – Wages and Conditions. These apply
to the Minimum Weekly Earnings level, shift and overtime allowances and
holidays as undernoted.
Weekly Earnings level raised from £17 to £19 for men and £13.60 to £15.50 for women
inclusive of the 5p. per hour.
More about this next week.
accidents occurred in the month of April. Even for only three weeks this
is good compared with past performance, and let us hope we can keep it
the moment one aspect of safety is causing some concern. A short time
ago a considerable sum of money was spent on safety equipment for
solvents. Now this was not money that the Company wanted to throw away,
but was spent on the recommendations of the Safety Officer, solely for
the protection of employees. And what has happened? For the sake of a
few seconds saved in washing hose some of the bench cans have already
had the springs and safety gauze ripped out.
that this means is that somebody has a reckless disregard for the safety
of his fellow workers and it behoves all of us to put a stop to this
before a tragedy occurs.
take such a serious view of this that anyone found offending will be
subject to instant dismissal.
few vacancies exist for ‘B’ Oil Hose Makers and it is proposed to
fill three of these just now. While we have been in touch with some of
the men who unfortunately had to be made redundant we would be happy to
consider people you know and could recommend for this type of work.
Bruce Stewart leaves us on Friday the 5th of May to take up a
post with the Civil Service.
joined us as a Post Boy in May 1968, and after roughly nine months there
moved into the Materials Flow operation where he settled down to the
fairly complex job of detailed planning of Oil Hose production.
wish him well for the future.
you know we are all committed members of the Union in a very practical
sense, we are committed to make it the best and most forward looking
branch of the Union, and this can only be done with full participation
by all our members. In simple terms you are the Union.
future editions of the Newsletter we shall endeavour to spell out the
benefits to you along with the queries that are brought up, and also
give you the personalities of your Branch Committee thus putting
everyone clearly in the picture.
(quite rightly) was walking around with a smile on his face a mile wide?
other than Laurie Cullerton.
– because he came up with a suggestion for a cutting knife which could
be fixed to the lathe to take the soul destroying effort out of taking a
hose requiring repair back down to the body wire.
simple little gadget knocked up by the I.E.D’s and John Hanson and
virtually operating in the same week as the suggestion was made. A fine
effort by all concerned.
much is Mike going to give away here?
Hobson we regret to report was eliminated from the “Evening News –
Search for a Star” contest in the third round.
John himself says “you are really competing against top notch
professional acts at this stage in the game and I would rather play for
my own pleasure than drive myself the way some of them must to attain
such high standards.”
does a lot of good work very quietly for the ‘Old Timers’ and
Childrens Christmas parties – not only by performing himself but by
persuading others to perform, lending equipment, organising the
programme etc. He also does a marvellous Santa Claus.
luck next time John, and keep on strumming.
in case you’re wondering what’s happening to the various pieces of
wire braid long length equipment – we have sold a wire winder and one
Wardwell to Uniroyal, Montreal – they are crated and ready to go.
have fallen heir to the long length 3 ton gantry and work started Monday
1st May on removal.
Oxford, U.S.A. are purchasing a considerable amount of equipment mostly
from the long length wire braid operation. Right now we are puzzling
bout the best way to pack and ship.
IN A NAME?
we deal with Oil Hose by Serial No. – very staid and routine. But now
and again the situation arises where a number isn’t enough to
highlight a particular hose.
an occasion came up last week, where in an attempt to prove the point, a
hose 3was put into No. 4 Heater
with a metal hood cover it to guard against possible condensation
affecting the cure.
metal hood was made up at very short notice by the Engineers out of 45
gallon drums and the finished job has since been referred to as –
more interesting than discussing Serial No. 16477!!!
Wright, one of the Oil Hose trainers, has received an award of £120 for
a suggestion submitted under the Company Suggestions Scheme. His idea
was to change the old method of tying down the wire cord onto the nipple
flange and proposed that the wire be tied down onto the neck of the
nipple. This saves 9” per end of wire on a 20” hose or 9” x 2,849
ends of wire equals 2,137 feet of wire savings. Using 1971 production
output the savings would amount to a staggering 1,158,360 feet of wire
other awards, each of £5, have been paid to Laurie Cullerton and Laurie
Anderson for suggestiomns on reduced electricity usage by switching off
all lights during daylight and by reducing the number of binding wires
in 20” and 24” hoses. The latter suggestion isw not to be
implemented at the moment as several recent hose failures in the field
have been associated w2ith the nipples being pulled out of the hose.