The Irish petrol strike, - beginning November 14 when 1,500 oil company employees walked out over a pay claim of 30 shillings more per week, - has grounded Eire's airliners and reduced road traffic to a minimum.
GV Street free from traffic.
SV Strikers in street with placard.
SV Petrol station.
SV Attendant filling car with petrol.
CU Petrol in to tank PAN to notice.
LV PAN..Cars lined up for petrol.
CU Sign 'Dublin airport'.
GV Of grounded aircraft.
BV Men pushing car.
BV PAN..Of car turning towards Northern border.
SV PAN..Of car past arriving in Northern Ireland.
SV Car arriving at petrol station.
SV Man watching petrol tank being filled.
CU Meter registering.
BV Petrol attendant putting cans of petrol into rear of car.
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Background: The Irish petrol strike, - beginning November 14 when 1,500 oil company employees walked out over a pay claim of 30 shillings more per week, - has grounded Eire's airliners and reduced road traffic to a minimum.
Dublin garages, November 19, sold limited amounts of petrol to regular customers only. Police have warned motorists that it is illegal to have more than two gallons of petrol in a private garage. Doctors and other persons giving essential service to the public are receiving preferential treatment.
Motorists, caught in the biggest rush on petrol since the Suez fuel famine, are trying to get hold of supplies by crossing the border into Northern Ireland and "filling well up" there.
Shannon and Dublin airports are at a standstill following a decision by Are Lingus and Are Linte to cancel services, including stoppage of trans-atlantic, cross-Channel and Continental flights. This became necessary when the British Transport and General Workers' Union, consulted by their Irish members, instructed members at British airports to provide Irish planes with only sufficient fuel to take them back to Eire.
An offer by Lord Mayor Brandy of Dublin, a member of the Fianna Fail Government party, to mediate in the strike after workers rejected a Labour Court award of 10/-, has so far not been taken up. Premier Sean Lemass announced that the Eire Government would not impose any settlement.
It is feared that work in factories and on farms may be gradually paralysed if the strike lasts more than a week or two. It terms of labour this means that after a fortnight more than 90 firms employing some 16,000 workers, will be closed.