for giving practical effect
(a) Dilution of Labour' Agreements
concluded between
The Clyde Dilution of Labour Commission'
The Boilermakers and the Shipwrights' Societies', and


(b) Dilution of Labour generally




1. Riveters, Platers, and Caulkers to be interchangeable.

2. Angle Smiths and Blacksmiths to be interchangeable.


3. The numbers of Riveters and Caulkers to be augmented as required from Holders-on.


4. The numbers of Holders-on to be augmented as required from Heaters, Packers and selected Yard Labourers.


5. The numbers of Platers to be augmented as required from joiners, Carpenters and Loftsmen.


6. Pneumatic, hydraulic and electric tools, and oxy-acetylene or other cutting or welding plant to be used wherever practicable, and to be manned by skilled, semi-skilled, unskilled, or women labour, all as may be found suitable.


7. Rivet-heating on the ground, counter-sinking, light platers', helpers' work and back holding for angle smiths, to be done by women as required and found suitable.

'dilution of labour                                      - work done by workers who had not served apprenticeships at a particular trade

z Clyde Dilution Commission                  - officials appointed to make arrangements with employers and unions about dilution

' Boilermakers' and Shipwrights' Societies      - the names of two of the largest trade unions in shipbuilding



1. Shipwrights and Drillers to be interchangeable; also Shipwrights and joiners.


2. The number of Drillers to be augmented as required from joiners, Plumbers, selected Yard Labourers and women.


3. Electricians, engineers and other tradesmen to drill and tap their own holes as required.


4. Pneumatic, electric and other drilling or cutting tools to be used wherever practicable and to be manned by skilled, semi-skilled, unskilled or women labour, all as may be found suitable.


5. Piecework or premium bonus to be worked wherever practicable. DILUTION OF SHIPYARD LABOUR GENERALLY


1. Fitters, electricians, plumbers, coppersmiths, tinsmiths and sheet-iron worker to be interchangeable as required.


2. Women to be employed as far as practicable upon the following classes of work:


(a) Jerking, tracing, timekeeping, storekeeping and checking materials


(b) light labouring and cleaning up in shops, yard and ships, and driving light carts and vans


(c) polishing, painting on ground and decks and saw sharpening


(d) attending to furnaces, boiler lamps and fires, and plant in electrical department


(e) Smithy - attending steam, or pneumatic hammers, working at screwing and drilling machines, and other light finishing work including light hammer striking


(f) Plating shed - attending machines


(g) Fitting shop - attending drilling machines and small lathes, fitting rubber for water-tight doors and preparing packing


(h) Sheet iron shop - light iron or steel work

(i) Riggers' shop - sewing and other jobs, making sword matting, jacob ladders, and manropes

 (j) Electrical department - making clips in shop, plate polishing, making canvas washers, and yard electric stores; wiring on ships including temporary lighting

Papers of the Clyde Shipbuilders' Association, 1916