Hero R-R work­ers’ Holy­rood praise

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

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.”

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