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    B.O.A.C. Strike - Third Day.

    A mass meeting of B.O.A.C. engineers at London Airport, as the?

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    B.O.A.C. Strike - Third Day.

    A mass meeting of B.O.A.C. engineers at London Airport, as the unofficial strike entered its third day, October 16, produced a unanimous "we carry on striking" vote.

    Mr. Sidney Maitland, leader of the unofficial strike committee and shop stewards' chairman, seen addressing the meeting, was planning a meeting with B.E.A. steward. This plan brought immediate rumours that B.E.A. engineers might be joining the 4,000 B.O.A.C. men on strike.

    At the same meeting Mr. George Scott, national officer of the Electrical Trades Union told the strikers that if the union's claim for an extra 1/2d an hour on the B.O.A.C. pay offer were granted it would work out at about GBP75,000 a year. Yet the dispute was costing the corporation GBP100,000 a day.

    One bright spot at the meeting was an appeal to resume work by Mr. Jim Matthews, secretary of the trade union side of the Joint Council for Civil Aviation.

    He asked the men to "show that they could behave more responsibly than the employers - by going back to work." He said he had changed his mind after saying the previous night that he would not lift a finger to help end the strike.

    He said it "saddened him to see B.O.A.C. hanger as quite as a mortuary and all its beautiful planes standing idle.

    But he was greeted by loud jeers when he said: "This industry belongs to us all and we are not prepared to see it destroyed. The employers have been irresponsible. They way to show that we can be responsible is to go back to work at the earliest possible moment."
    Two strike leaders said that they would recommend their unions to declare the strike official. The Association of Supervisory Staffs, Executives and Technicians ordered its overseas members to refuse to do any work other than "normal".

    And key workers at London Airport were told to refuse to go overseas to help in maintenance work in order to block a B.O.A.C. plan to turn round planes at foreign bases.

    Latest move to break the strike was being made by Labour Minister Ian Macleod was arranging emergency talks with both sides.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1BQZK8A3EJ8C1MAV6SCPZD1TL
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BQZK8A3EJ8C1MAV6SCPZD1TL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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