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> Jimmy Reid Dies, Leader of shipyard work-in passes away
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post 11th Aug 2010, 09:08am
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The man who helped deny the Tory government's brutal attempts to close the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in 1971, Jimmy Reid, has died at the age of 78. Mr Reid, a former trade union shop steward, famously led a successful work-in at the troubled shipyard as an alternative to strike action.

The work-in allowed workers to manage UCS long enough to thwart the Tory government's decision to close the Clyde yard, a policy which would have meant 6,000 of the 8,500 shipyard workers employed would have been made redundant immediately, decimating family life for tens of thousands of people across the west of Scotland.

During the work-in Mr Reid made a famous speech to workers in which he told them:

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"We are not going to strike. We are not even having a sit-in strike.

Nobody and nothing will come in and nothing will go out without our permission. And there will be no hooliganism, there will be no vandalism, there will be no bevvying because the world is watching us."

The campaign to keep the shipyard open, organised with fellow shop-stewards Jimmy Airlie and Sammy Barr, attracted worldwide media attention and gained popular public support. Fundraising events by workers and celebrities including John Lennon and Billy Connolly raised enough funds to maintain the action until the Ted Heath-led government back-tracked in February 1972, agreeing to keep two yards and sell off a third.

Mr Reid went on to become a renowned journalist and broadcaster, winning two Bafta awards for his Reid About the USSR documentary series.

Mr Reid leaves his wife, Joan, three daughters and three grandchildren.


Matt McGinn - Wi' Jimmy Reid and Airlie

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post 11th Aug 2010, 09:38am
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Very sorry to learn of Jimmy Reid's passing.

Had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy in the 70's travelling by train from London to Glasgow.

I greatly admired his principles.,,,,,Rest in Peace Jimmy.

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post 11th Aug 2010, 09:54am
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I too am saddened to hear of Jimmy Reids death. He will always be remembered as someone who stood up for the working man in Scotland. A sad loss for our country.
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post 11th Aug 2010, 10:32am
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Scotland has lost a son of the people.
Unlike modern day Trade Union Officials, he did not sell out the working folks to Blair, Brown and New Labour, those clones of the Tory Party.
Jimmy Reid will be sadly missed. Condolences to his family. They should, however, take pride in what a great man he was, a great man of the people!
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**robbie**
post 11th Aug 2010, 11:04am
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R.I.P. Jimmy.

Glasgow, Scotland and the people have lost a true champion.
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post 11th Aug 2010, 11:27am
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Another bit of Glasgows past gone -- RIP Jimmy!
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post 11th Aug 2010, 11:50am
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Jimmy Reid a true working class champion never bent the knee to no man, be it high heed yin at fairfield or government flunky.

True champion of the people, a credit tae the human race, what mair can ah say, there will never be another wan like Jimmy they threw awie the mold, like irn bru made oot o girders or good Ravenscraig steel.

ST PETER hope yer good at negotiations gone but never forgotten.
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post 11th Aug 2010, 11:51am
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The US of A could have used 500 of the Mr. Reid's in Washington, D. C. (all tories) but try to act like they are working stiffs "FRIENDS",

God rest Mr. Reid!

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post 11th Aug 2010, 12:04pm
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Auldbutcher, Ive said my piece but youve said it all.

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post 11th Aug 2010, 12:08pm
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My condolences to Joan, Eileen, Shona and Julie. I am sure they are as proud as they should be of Jimmy and all he did for workers.

The working man sorely needs Jimmy Reid or another like him (as if there ever could) to stand up against the current attacks on pay and conditions. We need a "Spartacus" moment to halt the cuts to pay and conditons, pension rights and benefits. We should all say "I am Jimmy Reid!" and follow his lead.
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post 11th Aug 2010, 12:10pm
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The world has lost a true man of passion. I will never forget his 'Rats' speech of the 70s. There should be a procession through the streets of Govan. RIP Mr Reid.
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post 11th Aug 2010, 12:31pm
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Eternal Rest Jimmy
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post 11th Aug 2010, 01:07pm
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I knew Jimmy Reid when he was the General Secretary of the YCL in the mid 60's.

A true man of the people and Jimmy never forgot his Country or his roots. A True Fighter for his cause, "THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND."
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post 11th Aug 2010, 01:08pm
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Sorry to hear this news. Regards to Jimmy's family and friends.
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post 11th Aug 2010, 01:21pm
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Sorry to hear of Jimmy Reids death, all the work force were to be praised, its a pity that in the long run the yard closed. Very little is left of the yard to show there was ever one there.
RIP Jimmy
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