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Turbulent Times in the Car Industry’ by David Buckle

Following a talk in September 2010 to Radley History Club entitled ‘Turbulent Times in the Car Industry’, David Buckle was encouraged by fellow Club members to write about his experiences as a production line worker, a shop steward and a full-time union official at the Cowley car works who was involved in local, regional and national negotiations.

The book, Turbulent Times in the Car Industry: Memories of a Trade Union Official at Cowley, Oxford, is the result and is his personal account of important events affecting the car industry during the second half of the 20th century. It also includes memories of his visits to German and Russian car plants in 1978 and 1984 respectively.

David was encouraged to write the book by Katherine Hughes, tutor of the Oxford Searchers Group, who organised a ‘Grassroots Grant’ to help with the cost of its publication.

About David
David Buckle MBE lived in Radley for many years. He served on Radley Parish Council for 51 years from 1951 to 2002, being chairman from 1995 to 1997, and again from 1999 to 2003. He was also a county councillor from 1989 to 2001 (chairman 1996-1997) and served as a magistrate in Abingdon for over 30 years.

David was awarded an MBE in 1988 for public services and an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in 2001 for services to society, politics and justice.

Sadly David died on 21 January 2017. Read his obituary in the Guardian and in the Oxford Mail

Front cover of David Buckle's book, Turbulent Times in the Car Industry





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