Collection MS 272 - Timex (George Mason) Collection

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Reference code

MS 272

Title

Timex (George Mason) Collection

Date(s)

  • 1983 - 2006 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

1 linear metre and 2 boxes

Context area

Name of creator

(1945-)

Biographical history

George Mason was an employee of Timex Electronics group, employed in their manufacturing plant in Dundee during the Timex dispute. The Timex corporation had been a major employer within the city for a number of decades when, in the early 1980s, citing difficulties with competing with cheaper workforces and production costs in the Far East, the company attempted to streamline the plant. This streamlining took the form of attempting to cut wages and employee numbers, which led to a dispute with the workers and their Union. This dispute resulted in mass demonstrations, picket lines, clashes with police, a large number of redundancies, and the bringing in of replacement workers to take the place of those sacked and picketing, before ultimately resulting in the closure of the plant and Timex withdrawing from Dundee in 1993. During this time period George Mason was an active member of the union, and had his employment terminated for taking part in the picketing.
George Mason is currently (2006) a janitor at the University of Dundee.

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Scope and content

Material relating to the Timex dispute and the personal experience of George Mason an employee during this period, includes newspaper articles and cuttings (1983-1995), general and personal correspondence (1983-1993), images, paintings and printed items (1993),ephemera and audio-visual (1993) and material used in the Timex exhibition (1993-2006)

Accruals

Not expected

System of arrangement

Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Made up mainly of paper but also includes paintings, textile, and audio-visual items

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The material is a mixture of original and photocopies.

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Description identifier

MS 272

Rules and/or conventions used

Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

Status

Catalogued

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Language(s)

  • English

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