Nostalgia: Henry Robb shipyard strike

The entire workforce (850 people) of Henry Robb shipyard, threatened with more than 400 redundancies, marched through Leith on April 8 1983

The entire workforce (850 people) of Henry Robb shipyard, threatened with more than 400 redundancies, marched through Leith on April 8 1983

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The entire workforce of the Henry Robb shipyard, threatened with more than 400 redundancies, marched through Leith on April 8, 1983 in a bid to raise public support for their fight to save jobs.

In total, 850 workers marched from the gates of the yard – the only surviving shipbuilding yard on the Firth of Forth – to a rally at the Old State Cinema in Great Junction Street.

They were led by union leaders who were appealing for solidarity in the fight against redundancies, which were threatened after British Shipbuilders said it wanted to shed 9000 jobs from its yards throughout Britain.

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