• Short Summary

    Britain was tonight (Monday) threatened by a general strike. The cause of nationwide labour unrest?

  • Description

    1.
    Aerial View ships in dock
    0.21

    2.
    MV ZOOM OUT pickets outside Pentonville Prison
    0.37

    3.
    GV PAN pickets outside TUC House shooting "Tories out. Free the dockers"
    0.45

    4.
    SCU Line of policemen
    0.50

    5.
    TGV PAN pickets shouting "Recall TUC. Call a General Strike."
    1.01

    6.
    CU Placards (3 shots)
    1.07

    7.
    CU Pickets chanting
    1.15

    8.
    GV Strikers outside TUC building
    1.22

    9.
    CU Jack Jones arriving through shouting strikers
    1.34

    10.
    GV INT. Delegates seated at meeting
    1.39

    11.
    SCU Vic Feather seated at meeting
    1.42

    12.
    GV Daily Mail building in Fleet Street (2 shots)
    1.47

    13.
    GV Evening Standard delivery vans standing idle
    2.03

    14.
    GV Dail Telegraph building
    2.08

    15.
    GV Press Association building
    2.14

    16.
    CU "Sun" sign ZOOM OUT TO pickets outside building
    2.21



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Britain was tonight (Monday) threatened by a general strike. The cause of nationwide labour unrest was the jailing of five rebellious dockers under the controversial Industrial Relations Act -- aimed at preventing industrial unrest.

    During the day, all of Britain's major ports were brought to a standstill as 40,000 dockworkers walked out in a gesture of unanimous protest. The feeling of unrest snowballed. Printers walked out in Fleet Street and national newspapers were not printed. Miners and car workers went on strike.

    Militant trade union leaders at once called for a general strike -- the last one in Britain was in 1962. But a policy-making committee of the national Trades Union Congress (TUC) met in London and rejected a general strike proposal. However, the idea will be considered again next Wednesday when the TUC's General Council meets.

    The militants were out in force today picketing Pentonville Prison, where the five dockers are in custody, and the TUC meeting. They want to force a showdown with the Conservative Government, ensuring the release of the jailed dockers and the repeal -- or suspension -- of the Industrial Relations Act.

    The five dockers were ordered to jail at the weekend for contempt of the Industrial Relations Court. They had defied orders to stop picketing new container depots, where simplified cargo-handling techniques had been introduced.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5Y6859G2D7JQS581QVSCC9FEA
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Y6859G2D7JQS581QVSCC9FEA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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