A mass meeting held in Southampton, Aug 16, was attended by 300 seamen, who are on strike over a recent agreement between the Seamen's Union and the Shipping Federation.
A mass meeting held in Southampton, Aug 16, was attended by 300 seamen, who are on strike over a recent agreement between the Seamen's Union and the Shipping Federation. The strikers want more money and shorter working hours. At the meeting were about 40 crew members of the Cunard liner "Queen Elizabeth", which is due to sail for New York, Aug 18.
Before being addressed by leaders of the Seaman's Reform Movement, who called the strike, the men marched through the streets of the town. Many carried placards which protested against the jailing of two strikers, Aug 15. The strike leaders stated that their next move was to prevent they Cunard liner "Saxonia" leaving for Montreal, Aug 17. After that they will try and stop the "Queen Elizabeth".
Most of the ships at present in port are still loading cargo in the hope they will have enough crew members and keep to their scheduled times of departure. A Cunard official said that as yet no crew member of the "Queen Elizabeth" has given notice of terminating his contract.