Visnews filmed Jan 30 Belgian factory workers striking at Belgian-Franco frontier towns in North France hit by the devaluation of the French franc.
GV. Pickets at Mous-iron frontier town.
SV. Belgian gendarmes PAN to pickets.
GV. Ditto PAN to town.
CU. Belgian gendarme.
GV.PAN Showing French customs barriers closed.
GV.PAN. Unemployed workers outside labour exchange.
SV. Unemployed entering labour exchange.
CU. Men, INTERIOR exchange at desk.
SV. Clerks behind desk at work.
LV. Men leave labour exchange.
LV. INTERIOR Men and Union representative.
SIDE. Union representative.
LV. Men seat - one talking.
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GV. Menin town near frontier.
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SV. Group of men on kerbside.
LV. Closing barriers.
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SV. Closed frontier barrier.
GV. Closed frontier and Menin Town
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Background: Visnews filmed Jan 30 Belgian factory workers striking at Belgian-Franco frontier towns in North France hit by the devaluation of the French franc.
Most of the region's 40,000 workers went on strike from Jan 26 because of pay losses caused by the recent franc devaluation. The frontier towns of Mous-iron and Menin - filmed here - were agog with striking workers - and silent with closed factories.
Pickets were at the frontier to dissuade workers from crossing. Belgian gendarmes kept order. There were queues at labour exchanges where workers signed the unemployment record.
Meanwhile union stewards were meeting their leaders to protest over what they called the stubborn attitude of the French Government to acknowledge their claims.