The Greek millionaire shipowner, Mr. Aristotle Onassis, who is trying to take over the Harland?
GV Onassis and delegates seated.
MV Union spokesman
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MR. MCGARVEY: "The meeting with Mr. Onassis today - and I think this has got to be said - that there have been very frank discussion, very informative discussion..(indistinct)... the information that he gave us, and it's very important that I say on behalf of the union that ant stories that's been going about in relation to Mr. Onassis being anti-union are completely unfounded on the evidence that we've found out this morning. Having said that, we are obliged to see two other prospective buyers for Harland and Wolff, namely Swan Hunters and the present management, and when we meet them then we will, as trade unions make up our mind on who we think would be the most appropriate person to secure the present and the future employment of the work-force in Harland and Wolff."
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Background: The Greek millionaire shipowner, Mr. Aristotle Onassis, who is trying to take over the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Northern Ireland, today (Monday, 14 December) met leaders of the yards seven unions. a union spokesman, Mr. Daniel McGarvey, said afterwards that any fears that Mr. Onassis was "anti-union" were unfounded.
Mr. Onassis is one of several contenders for the shipyard and already owns 25 per cent of it. For his talks with union leaders he put them up at his favourite London Hotel, Claridges. They were clearly impressed by his attitude but will see the other contenders before expressing a final opinion.
The Harland and Wolff shipyard at Belfast is Northern Ireland's biggest employer with 12,000 workers. It is facing a GPB3,000,000 Sterling deficit but has advance orders worth GPB70,000,000.