Impressions

Impressions

Wilson’s Ministry continued to employ an incomes policy to stabilize prices and slow down inflation. The unions tried annually to improve working conditions and wages… when not forthcoming, threatened to work to rule. The Government was prepared to allow some unemployment to weed out the inefficient, time wasters, and industrial agitators, knowing that they could jeopardize all their plans. Harold Wilson was a skilful leader of the Labour Party although weak at tackling the Trade Unions. Unemployment was rising and new technical innovations were replacing old working arrangements. I left industry to become a teacher to escape the ravages of strident unionism believing that advancement in the profession, by good practice and dedication, would stand me in good stead. Christmas 1980, the family were in holiday mood and I home from teaching. Unbeknowingly greater forces were at work… Little did I know how these were to change my life forever.

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CHAPTER SUBJECT KEY
Page Count - 78. Word Count - 24,562
Setting the scene.
I. GROWING FAMILY: - Industrial Disputes - Annual wage rises - Cost of living index - Harold Wilson - Public unrest - Activists - Life at home - Growing family - Making room - Secondary schools - Comprehensives - Mother in Law - Mother's death
II. INDUSTRIAL CHANGES: - Union Firm - Printing Processes - Militancy - Local newspapers - Colour masking Klishographs - Dr Hell - Letterpress gives way - Web-offset - Wage rates - Robert Maxwell - Rupert Murdoch - Rotary Scanners - Page planning - Newspapers
III. COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION: - Lack of Money - Youth Clubs - DIY - Social Security Act - European competition - Grammar schools - Harrow school - Royal Academy Exams - School's Council - Scouts - Driving Lessons - Ford Anglia
IV. TEACHER TRAINING: - Times Newspaper - Recession - Job Application - Teaching - Interview - Further education - - LCP - Lecturer Pre-printing techniques - NATFHE - Garnet College - Teacher Training Special courses - Coping
V. COLOUR APPRECIATION: - Certification - Special colour courses - Physics of Light - Spectral colours - College Inspectors - Wapping - Electricians Union - Degree Course - Mrs. Thatcher - Departmental Organisation
VI. OUTSIDE INFLUENCES: - CCPR Courses - Forcing a reaction - Badminton - Coach - Golf - Sailing - Lacrosse - Netball - Northwick Park Hospital - Hospital Dances - Divorce Reform Act - Emancipation - Arthritic Club - Meeting somebody else?