Film ID: NEFA 21810 LOOK OF THE MONTH: SHIPYARD STRIKE 1968 Visitor TabsDescription Tyne Tees Television interview with Chief Executive Sir John Hunter of Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders and film inserts on a shipyard strike at Swan Hunters, Newcastle upon Tyne, including aerial footage of shipyards and of a strike meeting. This news footage was included in a Look of the Month compilation, originally broadcast on 28 October 1968. [mute 19 secs] Aerial view of the Swan Hunter shipyards on the Tyne. [sound on film 37 secs] Striking shipyard workers in Newcastle are gathered together to hear trades union speeches urging them to fight shipyard owners who are in a world of their own. The strike took place following the company’s merger with the Vickers Armstrong Naval Yard at High Walker and the Hebburn Yard of Hawthorn Leslie that year. [sound on film 34 secs] Interview with Chief Executive Sir John Hunter of Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders during the strike who states that the men will be re-employed at the earliest possible moment. He hopes that he will be able to build up the number of men and employ additional workers. Note: The strike followed the government’s recommendation in the Geddes Report for the rationalisation of British shipbuilding.