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.
TV Deserted marshalling yard
TV Stationary train
TV Trains in sidings
LV Empty trains and deserted platforms at station
GV People standing and seated in bookinghall, Gare du Nord
CU Newspaper headline 'No trains for 24 hours'
CU Another "Trains stop for 24 hours from midnight"
CU PAN..Two more newspaper announcing rail strike
LV Lorries at side of road
LV Lorries and private cars along road
LV People leave bus and enter subway
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Background: 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.