The greatest strike to affect West Berlin in post-war years is due to begin tomorrow.?
The greatest strike to affect West Berlin in post-war years is due to begin tomorrow. Yesterday the OTV ( Public Services, Transport and Traffic Union) called on its workers in Western Germany and West Berlin, about 250.000 men, to stage a protest strike which is to last 24 hours. The Union said it would resume the strike on Monday unless their claims for a pay-rise of 31 Pfenning (about 6d.) per hour for all employees of the public services would be met. So far the employers have not agreed to a rise exceeding 9 Pfenning (about 2d.). No time limit has been given for the second strike.
Tomorrow about 32.000 workers of the public services in West Berlin will walk out. This will affect trams, buses, underground, gas, water, sewerage and collection of refuse. The gas and water works are going to run an emergency service to avoid too much hardship to households. The electricity board has its own tariff and will not join the strike. Also not affected are fire brigades, police, hospitals, institutions for old people and children, the slaughterhouse in Spandau, and the burial services and health services. The only public transport left will be the S-Bahn (municipal railway running above ground) which is controlled by the Communist authorities.