In France the management of Renault risked the hardening of a strike by sending in police to evict workers from its factory at Flins in the early hours of Tuesday morning (6 June).
GV: Demonstrators marching down streets on Mantes
SV: Banners and demonstrators marching past, chanting. (2 SHOTS)
SV's: Demonstrators continue to march on chanting. (3 SHOTS)
GV: Demonstrators gathered at meeting place waiting for speeches.
SCU: Leader of march speaking to crowd and TV crowd. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Workers raising their fists and chanting.
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Background: In France the management of Renault risked the hardening of a strike by sending in police to evict workers from its factory at Flins in the early hours of Tuesday morning (6 June). The factory had been occupied by semi-skilled press shop workers after a stoppage at the end of the previous week. On Monday (5 June) Renault management won a court order which gave it the right to call in the police if other employees were not allowed in by the strikers.
SYNOPSIS: The management had put the ruling to the test by asking several foremen to go in and get the workshop ready for a resumption of work on Thursday (8 June). But the former were not allowed to carry out the work, so the company resorted to calling in the police. The workers are calling for a monthly increase of 300 francs and a fifth week of annual holiday. They are also calling for a 35-hour week.
This rally was organised by the Communist party, the Communist party Union and the Socialist Union
At the time, strikers were occupying another Renault factory at Cleon near Paris. A court injunction on Monday had been taken out ordering the workers to quit the premises within 48 hours. The Unions had already decided on a two-hour sympathy stoppage at the company's main factory at Boulonge-Billancourt, and another 3-hour strike was expected at the Le Mans factory.
The car most affected by these stoppages is the new Renault 18.