Ferrol - Urban History
British employees of the Spanish Society of Shipbuilding (c. 1910-20)

The leasing of shipyards and dockyards to the Spanish Society of Shipbuilding, with participation by British companies, led to the implantation of new management methods. Increased productivity was achieved by new control measures (replacing the daily review with the obligation to 'clock on'), improvements in the qualifications held by operators (with the creation of a technical school), and increase in the speed of work linked with mechanization. At first a working week of 54 hours was imposed, reduced by 1936 to 44. The arrival of British technicians and operators, such as those from the machinery workshop, led to new social habits, from the creation of trade unions to free-time pursuits.

Cadernos Ferrol Análisis, Ferrol en fotos un século atrás (1998), © Club de Prensa de Ferrol