• Short Summary

    MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION WORKERS IN FRENCH PUBLIC SERVICES AND INDUSTRY WENT ON A 24-HOUR STRIKE TODAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION WORKERS IN FRENCH PUBLIC SERVICES AND INDUSTRY WENT ON A 24-HOUR STRIKE TODAY (TUESDAY). EFFECTS OF THE STRIKE WERE MOST VISIBLE IN PARIS.

    THE STRIKE CUT DEEPLY INTO ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER SUPPLIES AND INTO TRANSPORT AND POSTAL SERVICES. SCHOOLS ALSO WERE HIT AND THERE WAS NO BREAD. THE STRIKE WAS CALLED BY FRANCE'S MAJOR UNION FEDERATIONS AFTER MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS FAILED TO ACHIEVE WAGE INCREASES OF MORE THAN FIVE PER CENT. THE STRIKERS WANT SIX PER CENT. IT WAS THE BIGGEST STRIKE SINCE PRESIDENT DE GAULLE CAME TO POWER SEVEN YEARS AGO.

    IN PARIS, STREETS WERE CLOGGED IN THE EARLY MORNING RUSH-HOUR. THOUSANDS OF PARISIANS HEADED FOR THE COUNTRYSIDE RATHER THAN FACE THE TRAFFIC JAMS. TRAINS AND PASSENGERS WERE RARE ON THE NATIONAL RAILWAYS. MOBILISED MILITARY TRUCKS OPERATED FROM PARIS RAILWAY STATIONS.

    IN THE AFTERNOON, THE GIANT COMMUNIST-LED GENERAL LABOUR CONFEDERATION (C.G.T.) AND THE MODERATE FRENCH DEMOCRATIC LABOUR CONFEDERATION (C.F.D.T.) ORGANISED A MARCH OF DEMONSTRATORS FROM THE BASTILLE TO THE PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE. LEADING FIGURES OF THE LEFT-WING POLITICAL PARTIES JOINED THE DEMONSTRATORS IN THE MARCH.

    THE C.G.T'S SECRETARY, M.GEORGES SEGUY, HAS WARNED THAT TODAY'S STRIKE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY OTHERS IF THE GOVERNMENT-WHICH IS OPERATING A WAGE-RESTRAINT POLICY- AND EMPLOYERS MAINTAIN AN INTRANSIGENT ATTITUDE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5CL8MOC0PV3ITCTNQT5J2LR3K
    Media URN:
    VLVA5CL8MOC0PV3ITCTNQT5J2LR3K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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