Nearly 1,000 Greek cypriot workers with placards and banners marched to Government House, Nicosia, May 11, as 5,000 Government employees and military workers staged a 24-hour strike throughout Cyprus, in protest against recent dismissals and wide-spread unemployment.
CV. Mr Pissas addresses crowd outside the Trade Union building.
CU. Mr Pissas.
GV. Crowd listens to speech.
SCU. Mr Pissas.
CTV. Crowd marching through main street.
SV. TWO SHOTS Marchers with banners.
LV. Women clapping as marchers pass.
GV Crowd demonstrating at Government House.
SV. Sir Hugh Foot walks out & speaks to demonstrators.
CU. Sir Ditto.
SV. Foot with demonstrators.
SV. TWO SHOTS Foot returns to Government House with deputation.
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Background: Nearly 1,000 Greek cypriot workers with placards and banners marched to Government House, Nicosia, May 11, as 5,000 Government employees and military workers staged a 24-hour strike throughout Cyprus, in protest against recent dismissals and wide-spread unemployment.
Demonstrators gathered outside the city's Trade Union building, where they heard speeches by right-wing union leader Pissas and left-wing leader Ziartides, before moving in procession through the streets.
Sir Hugh Foot, the governor of Cyprus came down to the gates of Government House and received a deputation of four for half an hour's talks, while police cordons thrown around the building were holding back the surging crowd.
Strike action was taken jointly by the Communist-controlled Pan-cyprian Federation of labour and the pro-Makarios right-wing trade unions. The Turkish trade union also participated, staging a separate protest march through the Turkish quarter. Unofficial estimates put the number of unemployed in the island at 17,000.
A statement issued later from Government House said the governor had proposed a further meeting with the strike leaders on May 13. Sir Hugh had told the deputation that it was "a plain fact that there can be no general improvement in the unemployment situation until independence is achieved." Once the republic was established, grants promised by the British government would be available and a big programmed of military work would go forward.
It was announced in Nicosia, May 7, that a five-year economic development plan is to be prepared for Cyprus. The United Nations technical assistance board has agreed to undertake an economic survey of the island, as a first stage in the development plane which will "provide for a substantial annual increase in the national income and create conditions for full employment."