Tomorrow (Tuesday) has been named by the British Trades Union Congress as a day of national demonstration against the Government's proposed Industrial Relations Bill.
SV & GV Marchers with banners and police escort along street (5 shots)
GV PAN Long line of marchers away from camera
CU & SV Marchers past camera
GV Crowd watching as marchers enter Civic Hall.
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Background: Tomorrow (Tuesday) has been named by the British Trades Union Congress as a day of national demonstration against the Government's proposed Industrial Relations Bill. But in Wolverhampton workers held their protest a day early, so long-distance drivers would be able to take part.
About 20,000 workers in this Midland industrial town did not report for work, and some 7,000 marched through the town carrying banners in the biggest demonstration Wolverhampton has seen in over 40 years.
It was the curtain-raiser to similar demonstrations which are expected to take place all over Britain tomorrow. In calling on workers to express their opposition to the proposed legislation, the Trades Union Congress urged that meetings should be confined to meal breaks or held after work.
But it was anticipated that many would go further, some with the backing of their individual unions, and that there would be widespread disruption in many industries.