• Short Summary

    FRANCE WAS GRIPPED BY A 24-HOUR NATION-WIDE RAILWAY STRIKE, MAY 15, AS 350,000 WORKERS FAILED TO REPORT FOR DUTY TO BACK A WAGE CLAIM.

  • Description

    FRANCE WAS GRIPPED BY A 24-HOUR NATION-WIDE RAILWAY STRIKE, MAY 15, AS 350,000 WORKERS FAILED TO REPORT FOR DUTY TO BACK A WAGE CLAIM. PARIS WAS HARDEST HIT AS THE CITY BUS DRIVERS AND METRO WORKERS JOINED THE STRIKE IN A SHOW OF SOLIDARITY. THOUSANDS WERE LATE FOR WORK AS THE MORNING TRAFFIC SLOWED TO A CRAWL ON THE PACKED ROADS LEADING INTO THE CITY.

    MANY DRIVERS PICKED UP PEOPLE WAITING AT THE BUS STOPS AND GAVE THEM A LIFT TO THEIR OFFICES. A FEW INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS TRAINS ARRIVED AT THE DESERTED STATIONS BUT THERE WAS NO TRAFFIC LEAVING THE CITY.

    PRIME MINISTER POMPIDOU HAD A SERIES OF TALKS WITH THE LEADERS OF THE CATHOLIC, SOCIALIST AND COMMUNIST TRADE UNION LEADERS THE DAY BEFORE IN THE HOPE OF REACHING A SETTLEMENT. THIS IS THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL CRISIS HE HAS FACED SINCE TAKING OFFICE LAST MONTH.

    DISCONTENT AMONG THE RAILWAY WORKERS HAS BEEN BOILING FOR SOME TIME. THE PRESENT DISPUTE AROSE AFTER WAGE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE UNIONS FAILED TO REACH AGREEMENT. SOME POLITICAL OBSERVERS HAVE POINTED OUT THAT THE UNIONS FEEL THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO A HIGHER STANDARD OF LIVING NOW THAT THE ALGERIAN WAR HAS ENDED. OTHERS FEEL THAT THE UNIONS ARE EAGER TO REACH A WAGE SETTLEMENT BEFORE THE EXPECTED INVASION OF FRENCH ALGERIANS CREATES A GREATER LABOUR POOL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6OTKHEU58AD6CYKQIJYYFZ7SB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6OTKHEU58AD6CYKQIJYYFZ7SB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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