• Short Summary

    THE FRENCH STRIKE SITUATION SHOWS SIGNS OF EASING. WAGE NEGOTIATIONS WERE IN PROGRESS YESTERDAY (FRIDAY)?

  • Description

    THE FRENCH STRIKE SITUATION SHOWS SIGNS OF EASING. WAGE NEGOTIATIONS WERE IN PROGRESS YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) WITH THE RAILWAYMEN AND WITH GAS AND ELECTRICITY WORKERS, WHO HAVE CALLED A THREE-DAY TRUCE IN THE INTERMITTENT STRIKES THEY HAD PLANNED DURING THEIR WEEK OF "SURPRISE ACTION". AND THE AUTHORITIES WERE SAID TO BE SOUNDING OUT A NEW APPROACH TO THE MINERS FOR RESUMPTION OF DIRECT NEGOTIATORS.

    SEVENTY THOUSAND MINERS FROM THE NORTHERN COALFIELDS GATHERED IN LENS THAT AFTERNOON TO REASSERT THEIR DEMANDS AND THEIR UNYIELDING UNITY. THEY MARCHED THROUGH THE TOWN WITH BANDS, BANNERS AND RED FLAGS, SHOUTING SLOGANS AND SINGING THE INTERNATIONALE. SECURITY MEASURES SEEMED TO BE LIMITED TO SIX POLICEMEN.

    DIFFERENCES IN STRATEGY, SAID TO HAVE BEEN THREATENING THE SOLIDARITY OF THREE RIVAL STRIKING COAL MINERS' UNIONS, WERE SETTLED AT A MASS MEETING IN THE TOWN. THE THREE ORGANISATIONS ARE: THE CATHOLIC CONFEDERATION OF CHRISTIAN WORKERS (CFTC), SOCIALIST WORKER'S FORCE (FO), AND THE GENERAL LABOUR CONFEDERATION (CGT).

    ERNEST SAUTY, LEADER OF THE CATHOLIC MINERS, RECEIVED THE LOUDEST OVATION WHEN HE SAID: "IN THE LAST 48 HOURS WE HAVE WITNESSED THE CONDITIONING OF PUBLIC OPINION ON RADIO AND TELEVISION. THEY WANT TO DIVIDE US. LET THEM COME HERE AND SEE THAT THEIR MANOEUVRES DON'T HAVE ANY CHANCE OF SUCCEEDING".

    "THE THREE UNIONS DECLARE THEMSELVES UNANIMOUSLY READY TO CONTINUE THE NEGOTIATIONS" HE SAID. "IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO DECLARE THAT HIS DOOR IS OPEN TO US. WE ARE WELL BROUGHT UP. WE MUST BE INVITED SO THAT DISCUSSIONS CAN BE BROUGHT UP AGAIN".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA56DQWG5U7J4V0SDV8Q7VBU8ZD
    Media URN:
    VLVA56DQWG5U7J4V0SDV8Q7VBU8ZD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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