• Short Summary

    The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) started a strike on Oct. 4, and the communist Union (ALTUC) also join the strike although they had not given time of strike notice.

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    MCU The stones and knives (chopper) used by the communists in threatening the loyal workers and the stones which were thrown and hit the European manager in an estate there

    CU .............DO...........

    M.S. The tea factory in the estates

    MCU The communist flag flying at the entrance to the factory

    M.S. Some of the pluckers carrying tea leaves

    MCU The tea leaves in the baskets carried by a girl on her back

    LS The estates with the lines of workers quarters in the centre.

    MCU The grading of the leaves before weighing, by a small boy

    CU DO...............

    CU DO...............

    MS Weighing of the tea leaves

    LS The Munnar town with its tea factory and estates in the background.

    MS Even under this tense situation prevailing among the workers the small boys playing football.

    MCU The workers colony

    MS The Jeep of the Indian National Trade Union Congress going round the estates asking the workers not to strike

    MCU Mrs. Punnose (The Communist member who won the Devicolam elections talking to the labour to strike)

    REEL NO.2. Lighting bright (Identification: A car number plate in CU)

    MS The car carrying the Communist member Mrs. Punnose going to various estates to meet the workers.

    MS. Mrs. Punnose meeting the strikers and ask them to fight till they get their demands.

    MCU The lady workers hearing her attentively

    MCU The men workers hearing her attentively

    CU. Mrs. Punnose in CU in animated conversation.

    MCU An English manager, whose estate had a lot of trouble speaking to the officials about the happenings.

    CU The English manager

    MCU A worker was wounded when he was proceeding to the work spot. He was beaten by the strikers (communists) on the way. He waiting with fear in his eyes to see the police officials to give them the report and statement.

    CU The wounded person.

    M.S. The well planned nice and tidy workers lines and the estates.

    REEL NO.3. Film: Eastman TriX exposed for Weston 200. Lighting cloudy, bright at times. (Identification: Two boys showing their three fingers) (Trouble was expected in a place and information was received that the communist striking workers will obstruct the loyal workers from taking the tea for weighment and to the factory. Just in time our cameraman reached the place but the strikers got scent of some outsider coming in and they did not use violence but stood at a distance with scorn in their faces.)

    MS The loyal workers grading the leaves before weighment.

    LS The lines of the striking workers, outside of which the strikers and their families sitting quietly watching the loyal workers weighing their tea leaves.

    LS The weighment is being done in the foreground and the strikers (communists) standing and watching them in the background.

    MCU The weighment being taken by the supervisors.

    CU The flags of the congress and the communists flying in a pole just outside the lines (The INTUC started the strike but withdraw after a day and the communists continued their strike. So both the flags to mislead the workers)

    MCU The General Manager of the Kannan Davan Company who was also assaulted-just returned form Trivandrum after discussions, with the Kerala State Govt. (The light was poor).

    MCU The General Manager J.B.Souter talking to a pressman about the possibility of settlement.

    CU J.B.Souter

    M.S. One of the injured men who was wounded in the Police firing earlier that week.

    CU The wounded log in plaster.

    MCU Another wounded man.

    CU Another injured with bandages all over his body.

    LS The unassuming office of the Kannan Davan Co. whose estates were having the trouble.


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    Background: The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) started a strike on Oct. 4, and the communist Union (ALTUC) also join the strike although they had not given time of strike notice. After a day the INTUC, agreed with management and called off the strike, but the communist continued the strike and it was decided by both the Unions to have a general strike on Oct.26. In the meantime the communist workers used violence over the loyal workers and the police who were there. The police opened fire thrice and a number of workers were injured, two were killed. Even some police officials were injured, by stone throwing by strikers. The situation was very tense and the loyal workers were afraid to go for work. This strike spread all over the Kerala plantion area. But before 25th the INTUC took back their idea of joining the general strike. The management of the Kannan devan company are negotiating with the government and also the plantation representatives are meeting the Prime Minister, Nebru to bring an early settlement. The High Commissioner of UK also visited the spot earlier.

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