• Short Summary

    Japan's largest strike involving rail, airline, postal, telephone, taxi, underground railway and bus workers reached its heights on Thursday (11 April).

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    Japan's largest strike involving rail, airline, postal, telephone, taxi, underground railway and bus workers reached its heights on Thursday (11 April).

    Violence broke out in the northern coastal town of Niigata on (11 April) where an angry crowd of Japanese National Railway workers had to be separated from a strike breaking driver. Riot police broke up the unionists and the six trains which left Niigata station that day were virtually the only ones running in Japan.

    The Japanese Federation of Trade Unions (SOHYO) organised the strike which began on Monday (8 April). The strikers are asking for a 30,000 Yen (44 pound sterling) minimum monthly wage rise and the constitutional right to strike.

    Many commuters could not get to work. Some businesses had to close, others kept going by putting their employees in hotels and even temples for the night.

    The strike is expected to continue until Saturday (13 April). A further three day transport strike is scheduled for next Tuesday (16 April) but airline and private railway workers are expected to agree to less militant action.

    Japanese Labour Minister Hasegawa is still discussing the situation with Mr. Shogo Okhi, Secretary-General of SOHYO. Some progress towards a settlement has been made but the committee discussing whether public employees should have the right to strike has shown signs of reaching agreement.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA36155QRCIK6IBGL8YRWI0QA3R
    Media URN:
    VLVA36155QRCIK6IBGL8YRWI0QA3R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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