• Short Summary

    British postal workers returned to work today (Monday) after a 47-day strike, the longest national stoppage Britain has seen since the second world war.

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    British postal workers returned to work today (Monday) after a 47-day strike, the longest national stoppage Britain has seen since the second world war. They faced a backlog of 11 million letters awaiting delivery.

    The situation is complicated by Britain's switchover to decimal currency which took place during the strike. Before the big post offices can open, they will have to complete their decimalisation switch and stock up with the new value stamps and money orders. It is expected to be a fortnight to a month before everything is running normally.

    SYNOPSIS: In Britain, postal workers have returned to their jobs after a stride lasting 47 days. The postmen faced a backlog of 11 million letters in post boxes and sorting offices. Despite forecasts of massive hold-ups, many postmen began their first rounds at six-thirty in the morning.

    Only first class mail is being handled at present, and the public have been asked only to send urgent mail. Estimates of how long it will take to get back to normal range from a weed to a month. The situation for post offices is complicated by Britain's changeover to decimal currency which happened during the strike.

    In Liverpool the strikers stayed out an extra day and held a mass meeting. They voted to go back to work at midnight, but speakers complained that the union had sought a solution with indecent haste. The union has agreed to let its pay claim be decided by a court of inquiry.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA23USYP5IZUNCN3O5QV1WQZ4O6
    Media URN:
    VLVA23USYP5IZUNCN3O5QV1WQZ4O6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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