• Short Summary

    Nearly three quarters of a million workers in England and Wales have bean temporarily laid off since the three day working week began at the New Year.

  • Description

    Nearly three quarters of a million workers in England and Wales have bean temporarily laid off since the three day working week began at the New Year. The British government introduced the measure to save power because of a miners' overtime ban, following on cuts in oil supplies.

    The number of men laid off could be much higher. Scottish employment offices opened on Thursday (January 3) after their New Year holiday, another 15,000 workers are expected to register there. Several million workers are not expected to visit employment offices because their firms have guaranteed them lay-off pay.

    The miners have been refusing to work overtime until the Coal Beard meets their union's pay demand. This has caused a drop in coal production and a national shortage of electric power. Under the three day week factories will work from Monday to Wednesday in some areas and Thursday to Saturday in others.

    The three day week means large cuts in pay but at the moment most of the workers are treating it as an extension of the New Year holiday. Public houses and betting shops are doing good trade but some workers -- especially tradesmen -- are already counting the cost and wondering about their future should the three day week continue.

    There are interviews on film with workers who have just received unemployment money for the first time. A transcript follows:
    SYNOPSIS: Nearly three quarters of a million British workers have been laid off since the three day working week began at the New Year. The government introduced the measure to save power because of a miners' overtime ban.

    This factory on a west London industrial estate was empty on Thursday -- like many all over the country. Another fifteen thousand workers are expected to register when Scottish employment offices open after their New Year holiday. Several millie more will not visit employment offices because their firms have guaranteed them lay-off pay -- but many had to make their first visit ever to an employment exchange.

    Betting shops are doing good trade because many workers are treating the three day week as an extension of the New Year holiday. The effects of the drop in pay have not yet been felt.

    Bars are also far from empty. But some workers -- especially tradesmen -- are already counting the cost and wondering about their future should the electricity ???WP and three day week continue.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA65ZXHU6P0X31JDFRATY6B8V8X
    Media URN:
    VLVA65ZXHU6P0X31JDFRATY6B8V8X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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