Bert Craik

Forename/s: 
Bert
Family name: 
Craik
Work area/craft/role: 
Interview Number: 
119
Interview Date(s): 
20 Nov 1963
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Production Media: 
Duration (mins): 
79

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Interview

see also #175

Transcript

Interview extract, on the lockout at Humphries Laboratories during the overtime ban of 1954:-

"Randolph Terrano got very awkward about the fact that everyone working there, much to his surprise, operated the overtime ban on instructions from the union and he threatened to sack everybody. Some of the people stuck their heels in and twenty-five of them found themselves out of a job.

We had numerous meetings with these twenty-five members over a period of fourteen weeks. I can still see Eric Pask, who was a shop steward at Humphries, smoking his pipe and leading the members in their revolt againt Terrano. The whole of ACTT members - including those in the studios, on short film production as well as the laboratory members - were solidly behind the members who’d been locked out by Randolph Terrano. There were collections to help them and, once the arbitration award was made known, George Elvin and I, together with one or two of the laboratory representatives, had a meeting with Terrano and he completely caved in, reinstating all the twenty-five members and agreeing to pay them their back payment for the fourteen weeks they had been locked out. "

 

Biographical

Sam Williams is also on the interview along with Bert Craik a labs employee