The successor to the Cable Works in Lydbrook was Reeds packaging who made corrugated cardboard packaging. Here Valerie Matthews describes working at the factory and its being taken over by a Scandinavian company. In the 1970s and 1980s ‘work study’ became a popular tool for increasing productivity. In this clip she also describes the role of unions and her perceptions of management at the factory.
Valerie describes the closure of SCA Packaging when the owners centralised production in Newport. Staff were offered relocation or redundancy. Valerie found a job she enjoyed at a currency exchange in Gloucester.