• Short Summary

    Parisians trudged to work, May 31, as almost every train in the country was halted by a 24-hour strike of railworkers seeking better pay and conditions.

  • Description

    Parisians trudged to work, May 31, as almost every train in the country was halted by a 24-hour strike of railworkers seeking better pay and conditions.

    Gates were locked at paris main-line stations at midnight. Stranded passengers shouted angry protests as railway staff walked off. When an express halted just outside Lyons, a furious crowd rushed to the stationmaster's office and threatened to set fire to the building.

    Army lorries were used as an emergency service for stranded workers and the Transport Ministry appealed to private coach companies to put all their vehicles on the road. Soon roads were jammed with private cars, and crowd on their way to work filled buses and metropolitan trains - only means of public transport left - to capacity.

    British Railways said their cross-Channel services to the Continent were running normally, but notices at London's Victoria Station warned travellers of possible difficulties in France.

    France's railwaymen are pressing for implementation of the 11% pay rise promise made in 1957; they received only a 2% rise last January. Another claim is for the reduction of their 48-hour week to 45 hours in June 1960, and to 40 hours as from June 1961. The railworkers are also calling for a revised shift system which will give them more free week-ends.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA40XGM745HHF02D3K596SFG6LE
    Media URN:
    VLVA40XGM745HHF02D3K596SFG6LE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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