• Short Summary

    Britain's docks were empty on Wednesday night (15 July) as 46,000 dockers received confirmation that their nationwide strike was officially on, after a breakdown in negotiations between Union representatives and port employers.

  • Description

    Britain's docks were empty on Wednesday night (15 July) as 46,000 dockers received confirmation that their nationwide strike was officially on, after a breakdown in negotiations between Union representatives and port employers. It's the first official national port strike in Britain since 1926.

    Many ports had in fact been idle since Tuesday(14th July) when the strike was originally timed to begin, but a formal decision was delayed in hope of further consideration by the employers. The delay met with strong opposition from many dockers who picketed the entrance to transport House in London where the talks continued.

    The dockers are seeking to raise the basic wage rate from GBP 11 to GBP 20 (48 dollars) per week, but the employers have rejected the idea as they believe that with overtime and bonuses it would boost earnings by nearly 50 percent. Instead, they offered a guaranteed minimum wage of GBP 20 (48 dollars) a week whether the dockers work or not.

    At the meeting of union delegated the improved offer was discussed, with a plea from leader Jack Jones that it be accepted as a basis for further negotiations. After heated discussion it was rejected by 48 votes to 32.

    After the meeting, Union leader Jack Jones and Employers' representative George Tonge were questioned by a reporter.

    If Britain should declare a "state of emergency" because of the many harmful effects the strike could have on her economy, then members of the Armed Forces are thought likely to man the docks and keep shipping and supplies on the move.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA284WFIUOZZOBP2NSPAJ3K3DIL
    Media URN:
    VLVA284WFIUOZZOBP2NSPAJ3K3DIL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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