Hero R-R workers’ Holyrood praise
Rolls-Royce East Kilbride engineers who grounded General Pinochet’s air force by boycotting work on the engines of the Chilean fighter jets will be commended in a Scottish Parliamentary motion tomorrow.
East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani will raise the motion ahead of the November release of Nae Pasaran! It tells the story of the “longest single act of solidarity in the UK”.
The film’s general release, on Friday, November 2, coincides with the 45th anniversary of the coup and, for the first time, sheds light on the profound impact the Scottish workers had on Pinochet’s dictatorship.
The workers – who took a stand against the brutal regime in 1974 by refusing to build and repair the jet engines in the Rolls-Royce factory in East Kilbride – will be joined at Holyrood by filmmaker Felipe Bustos Sierra.
The motion, which requires cross party support, will state that the Parliament “considers the film to be a depiction of a remarkable piece of Scotland’s industrial history, which illustrates an admirable act of solidarity.”