We’re delighted to be the home for the Rolls Royce Avon Engine 15607 which was recently made famous in the highly acclaimed documentary film ‘Nae Pasaran’
The engine was the first to be discovered and boycotted by the Rolls-Royce workers on the 22nd March 1974 and was rediscovered in Chile in December 2015. It was brought back to Scotland and finally found a resting place in East Kilbride in October 2019 when the engine was unveiled at its new home on the grounds of South Lanarkshire College.
The engine’s unveiling took place here at the College in late 2019 in front of the stars of Nae Pasaran; the four Rolls Royce engineers involved in the 1974 “blacking” of the engines: Stuart Barrie, Robert Sommerville, John Keenan and Robert (Bob) Fulton.
Linda Fabiani MSP, cut the ribbon at the official unveiling and stated that “the action of the Rolls Royce workers and the solidarity that they showed meant that more than half of the Hawker Hunter jets used by the Chilean air force were grounded and countless lives saved”.
Nae Pasaran’s Director, Felipe Bustos Sierra was welcomed to the event by the Chair of the Board of Management, Andy Kerr. Andy spoke, passionately of the courage of the Rolls Royce Workers and how their act of Solidarity became widely known amongst the exiled Chilean people. The guests attending the unveiling were astounded by the story of Felipe’s father who was a Journalist exiled in Belgium and were enthralled when told that Felipe would attend Solidarity meetings where he would hear the story of East Kilbride Factory workers defying the Military Junta and this is where he took his inspiration to create the film.
The event concluded with each of the four Rolls Royce engineers detailing the role of trade unionism in supporting the people of Chile and explaining how the entire Rolls Royce East Kilbride workforce united to boycott the engines.
The engine will now reside here in East Kilbride where it belongs, close to the old factory site, it’s accompanied by four plaques which tell the story alongside poetry from engineer Stuart Barrie.