Mauretania on the slipway at Swan Hunters - Wallsend, Newcastle

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  • Lewi Matthews on March 3, 2015, 5:08 p.m.

    This is the Swanhunters ship yards where my Grandad used to work. Q1, what were the working conditions like. A1, it was all health and safety but you were your own safety officer. Q2, how long did you work there and how often did you get paid. A2, he worked there for 2 years and pay was weekly. Q3, anyone you know sacked and why. A3, yes, too many sick days off. Q4, how many incidents did you have and what were the working hours. A4, he had 2 incidents and the working hours were 8:00am-5:30pm. Q5, did you get paid overtime. A5, yes, but overtime wasn't optional. Q6, what was the funniest thing that happened there. A6, these 2 men put polystyrene figures on peoples helmets. Q7, did your helmet ever have a polystyrene figure on it and what was the funniest polystyrene figure. A7, yes and the funniest figure was monkey swinging on goalposts.

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