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    Three months after the death of Spain's Fascist leader General Franco, workers are starting to trade unions again in Spain, although they are still illegal.

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    Three months after the death of Spain's Fascist leader General Franco, workers are starting to trade unions again in Spain, although they are still illegal.

    About 5,000 strikers from a Madrid lorry factory have been meeting in a local Church because in a staunchly Roman Catholic country like Spain it is one of the few places a meeting can be held with any degree of security. The police waited outside with indifference though in the days of Franco's rule such a meeting would have been unthinkable.The lorry factory strikers' meeting was arranged with the backing of sympathetic clergy, but it had to be hurriedly rearranged because earlier in the day the men had been dissuaded by police from meeting in a Church in another part of town.

    Already this year more working days have been lost through strikes than in the whole of 1975. Labour disputes have also become more political in nature as opposition parties emerge after years of repression.

    King Juan Carlos' new government has resorted to strike breaking methods used in the France era-- drafting the strikers into the army to bring them under military discipline--but there is a feeling amongst the workers that once the unions get a foothold again it will prove very difficult to break them.

    In a policy speech in the Cortes, the Spanish parliament, in January Prime Minister Senor Carlos Arias Navarro announced that restrictions on freedom of speech and public meetings would be eased. He also said the ban on pollical parties -- except the Communist party-- would be relaxed. He promised these reforms within 18 months but it is clear that if only through strikes, many workers have already formed themselves into strong unions.

    SYNOPSIS: There months after the death of Spain's Fascist leader General Franco, workers are starting to form trade unions again in Spain although such organisations are still illegal. The BBC's Phil Tibenham reports from the Spanish capital, Madrid........

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3QH317T1ET0PNEWUK61TC8TXP
    Media URN:
    VLVA3QH317T1ET0PNEWUK61TC8TXP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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