Film-star Vanessa Redgrave failed on Sunday (4 January) at a London meeting of Equity, the actor's union, to persuade her fellow union members to take strike actio against the Government's Industrial Relations Bill.
SV actors entering the Adelphi theatre
SV actors entering
SV crowd in foyer
CU Tommy Steele. Interviewer asks him "What is your reaction to the result Tommy?" SOF STARTS:.
CU Danny La Rue SOF STARTS:...
CU Jimmy Edwards SOF STARTS....
SCU Vanessa Redgrave SOF STARTS:.....
SEQ. 5: Danny La Rue: "If they had called a strike..."
"..exactly as I'm doing."
SEQ. 6: Jimmy Edwards: "How did you vote?
"....having a strike anyway."
SEQ. 7: Vanessa Redgrave: "Why did you want................"
".....because that's not unionist."
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Background: Film-star Vanessa Redgrave failed on Sunday (4 January) at a London meeting of Equity, the actor's union, to persuade her fellow union members to take strike actio against the Government's Industrial Relations Bill. A number of militant groups of British trade unionists plan such strike action on January 12th.
Among stars of the entertainment world who opposed her resolution were singer-comedian Tommy Steele, female impersonator Danny La Rue, and comedian Jimmy Edwards.
Miss Redgrave's motion, moved at a special general meeting of Equity by Corin Redgrave, her brother, was defeated by 974 votes to 229.
She said after the four-hour meeting that she was very disappointed but had no intention of staging a "one-woman" strike.
She said she was only out to protect her union, and described the Conservative Government's Industrial Relations Bill as "industria-blackmail"
Tommy Steele said about the vote: "I am very pleased. This is a rewarding decision. We have shown today that our union is not a platform for extremists".
Britain's Trade Union Congress, while opposing immediate strike action against the Industrial Relations Bill, has launched an eight-week course of nation-wide teach-ins to build up public opposition to it.