Search

Flashback: Angry Briggs car workers, police officers allowed back in pubs and chaos at A&E

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 October 2017

60-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

60-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

Romford Library

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

40-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library 40-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

1957:

Tension was mounting among 15,000 hourly-paid Briggs car workers, including 10,000 local men in the Dagenham plants, over “standardisation” concessions demanded by company spokesmen at London talks with leaders of 21 trade unions.

A Ford Motor company spokesman said he could not comment on the secret proposals being considered by trade union chiefs but they were making several demands.

These included union agreement to compulsory overtime working in Briggs plants at Dagenham, Doncaster and Southampton, banning of traditional Briggs workshop meetings in lunch hours and banning of the customary 10-minute tea breaks in favour of a trolley service on the job.

20-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library 20-years-ago. Picture: Romford Library

Company proposals to standardise Briggs wages and working conditions to bring them into line with Ford car workers were estimated to mean heavier wage packets for the majority of Briggs workers.

1977:

The battle to get bobbies on the beat back into the pubs had been won.

Police were given back the power to pay cursory visits to pubs thanks to a new law that had just come into action.

It had been welcomed by Havering publicans, who were becoming increasingly alarmed at the number of violent outbreaks in their bars and Romford MP Michael Neubert, who helped spearhead the Bill.

For the previous six years, the shutters had been down on casual visits to pubs after a High Court judge ruled in 1971 that police were not legally entitled to enter licensed premises unless called to a disturbance or invited by the landlord.

Terry Mansworth, who ran the New Inn, Squirrels Heath Lane, Hornchurch, and was deputy chairman of the Romford, Brentwood and Billericay Licensed Victuallers Association, said: “We’re happy with the change. This is something we’ve been hoping for. “We feel this will help the publican in the execution of his duties, especially at closing times, and we hope it will have a calming effect on the disturbance in pubs.”

1997:

Chaos hit the Accident and Emergency Unit at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford.

Up to 40 people at a time were waiting on trolleys.

Other patients were being kept on stretchers in ambulances in parking bays outside as they waited for space, keeping the emergency vehicles from being able to respond to calls.

Emergency action was being taken by health chiefs to increase bed capacity at Oldchurch by 60 and speed up the admission process ready for the expected winter rise in demand.

The seriousness of the situation came to light when health watchdogs mounted one of their regular monthly monitoring checks on the department as part of the London-wide Casualty Watch scheme to check on how patients are being dealt with.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 10:00

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Havering is changing, we all know that, but as Romford’s MP I am determined to make sure that any changes will improve our community and not prove detrimental.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Local historian Prof Ged Martin uncovers a stately home

Saturday, February 17, 2018

War on plastic is the final straw for Queen

Friday, February 16, 2018

Two teenagers have been arrested at addresses in Dagenham and Hornchurch following the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Hasan Ozcan.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Recorder wants to test your knowledge with a weekly Friday quiz featuring topics from the last seven days.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A man who was rescued from a drain in Romford, crawled for hours through the Romford sewer system, calling out desperately for help.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now