While seamen at Manchester, Glasgow and on Tyneside are continuing their unofficial strike, a mass meeting at Liverpool, Sept 21, voted to return to work on Sept 26.
GV. Seamen at mass meeting.
CU. Official speaks (S.O.F.): "On Monday and not before. If you go back now or Thursday, Friday or Saturday you will ruin it. Stand firm till Monday..." Strikers vote. "... and go back en masse."
STV. Strikers with their families.
GV. Strikers leave meeting.
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Background: While seamen at Manchester, Glasgow and on Tyneside are continuing their unofficial strike, a mass meeting at Liverpool, Sept 21, voted to return to work on Sept 26.
Prior to this decision, the national organiser of the Seamen's Reform Movement, Mr Vic Liley, appealed to the men to resume work jointly on the appointed date. He said (SOF) an earlier return would "ruin everything".
The Liverpool men said they would end the strike - now seven weeks old - on five terms:
Full trade union backing in the event of victimisation; Union branch meetings in all ports before Sept 26; A meeting between Seamen's Union and Reform Movement officials; Fight for recovery of money owing to striking seamen; Fight for removal of "penal clauses" from Merchant Shipping Act.
Meanwhile 138 ships lay idle in the Port of London, following a decision by nearly 1,000 tally clerks to continue their strike. For the second day running, thousands of dockers had to be sent home since they are depending upon clerks checking the cargoes.