Archive centreWhitehaven
TitleJohn Kane, oral history interview
DescriptionProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers growing up in Whitehaven and school experiences; Uncle being one of the first people to be employed at Calder Hall; working at Headguard’s factory and at Smith’s; impressions of Sellafield; working in B7, later known as Mox Demonstration Facility and in main reprocessing plant called building 205; training and difference in wages between UKAEA and BNFL; darts, football, running and the opportunity to turn professional darts player; the Windscale Club, the Falcon Club and the Calder Club; becoming shop steward for the plant then Convenor; interest in trade unions, strike in 1977 and Industrial Relations Course; negotiations and relations with management; Thorp licensing and the ‘Trust Us’ campaign and bus tour; members carrying out environmental monitoring; Greenpeace radio debate; explanation of data falsification incident by Mox Demonstration Facility; ‘Beyond 2000’ initiative; feelings about treatment by management over health issues; visits to Japan, Statement of Cooperation between Japan, UK and France and answering questions in press conference in Japan; Japanese union, Denryoku Soren; Greenpeace invading Sellafield, Bono and U2; being a local councillor.
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ContextBorn in Whitehaven, served apprenticeship as a plumber and worked at local firms before joining Sellafield. Was a process worker employed by UKAEA, and then BNFL. Involved in union activities and became GMB Convenor. Noted darts player, and keen sportsman.
Catalogue levelFile
Subject termsOral history




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