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After the Allied landing in
In November 1949, he was called into the Army and spent 18 months in military service. Afterwards, he went back home but permanent and reasonably paid jobs were very hard to find. In 1954, he accepted an offer of work in Briton Ferry in
Piccarelli was surprised to find that he could not change work or lodgings without letting the police know, for the first five years he was in
He joined the Communist Party around this time and, after a while, became a shop steward. He relates the time when a strike occurred after a failure to agree on annual wages, when workers “marched from
Piccarelli found himself victimised by his employer over a manufactured incident and was sacked. He found work in Mucklows Hill and later joined Evan Woods, a small non-unionised factory in
He found it impossible to get work anywhere, until he applied for a post as a local authority `Neighbourhood Officer’, after a decision to decentralise the administration of housing and social services by locating offices in the middle of council estates to minimise bureaucratic separation. Carlo began work in Darlaston, followed by Dudley and then New Invention, retiring at the age of 63.