• Short Summary

    India's national rail strike entered its fourth day on Saturday (11 May) with the country's Confederation of Labour Unions still threatening a general strike in support of the railmen on Wednesday (15 May).

  • Description

    India's national rail strike entered its fourth day on Saturday (11 May) with the country's Confederation of Labour Unions still threatening a general strike in support of the railmen on Wednesday (15 May).

    The government has declared the strike illegal and 7,000 rail union leaders have been jailed. The 1,500,000 railwaymen of the All India Railwaymen's Federation are demanding higher pay. The union claim 98 percent of their members responded to the strike call but railway officials said most trains were still running.

    On Friday (10 May) Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi told parliament she would not negotiate to end the strike and the union militants must stay in jail. Mrs. Gandhi said the government could not afford to meet the railwaymen's demands and negotiations could not be resumed until they returned to work.

    But later in the day the government proposed a deal involving the simultaneous release of imprisoned rail leaders, resumption of talks and an end to the strike. Opposition leaders were trying to contact the union leaders in jail for their reaction.

    Most of india's vital supplies like coal, oil and food are transported by rail and the price of food is already beginning to rise. The strike is expected to deal a serious blow to the economy if it continues.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5E0P0PLTVWEWCSHVIU2YARL7S
    Media URN:
    VLVA5E0P0PLTVWEWCSHVIU2YARL7S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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