• Short Summary

    THE LAST OF THE 4,800 WORKERS WHO MAKE UP GIBRALTAR'S SPANISH LABOUR FORCE CROSSED THE FRONTIER TONIGHT (8 JUNE) ONLY HOURS BEFORE THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT'S DECREE IMPOSING A VIRTUAL BLOCKADE OF THE ROCK, WAS DUE TO COME INTO FORCE AT MIDNIGHT.

  • Description

    THE LAST OF THE 4,800 WORKERS WHO MAKE UP GIBRALTAR'S SPANISH LABOUR FORCE CROSSED THE FRONTIER TONIGHT (8 JUNE) ONLY HOURS BEFORE THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT'S DECREE IMPOSING A VIRTUAL BLOCKADE OF THE ROCK, WAS DUE TO COME INTO FORCE AT MIDNIGHT.

    UNDER GENERAL FRANCO'S DECREE, ANNOUNCED IN MADRID LAST NIGHT. SPAIN IS SEALING OFF THE LAND FRONTIER BETWEEN GIBRALTAR AND THE COASTAL TOWN OF LA LINEA, THE HARSHEST MEASURE YET IN SPAIN'S CAMPAIGN TO RECOVER THE ROCK.

    THE WORKERS MAKE UP A THIRD OF GIBRALTAR'S LABOUR FORCE. GIBRALTAR TAXI DRIVERS GAVE MANY OF THEM FREE TRIPS AS THEY LEFT THE BRITISH COLONY PERHAPS FOR THE LAST TIME. SOME WERE IN TEARS AS THEY SAID GOODBYE TO GIBRALTARIAN FRIENDS.

    OTHERS WENT THROUGH THE CUSTOMS TO THE SEA FERRY WHICH PLIES BETWEEN THE ROCK AND THE COASTAL TOWN OF ALGECIRAS. THIS, THE LAST REMAINING LINK WITH SPAIN, IS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSED SOON.

    LOSS OF THE SPANISH WORKERS WILL HIT GIBRALTAR HARD, ESPECIALLY IN THE DOCKYARDS AND BUILDING INDUSTRY. THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC BUILDING AND WORKS IS EXPECTED TO SEEK MOROCCAN AND BRITISH WORKERS, BUT SOME SMALL BUSINESSES MAY CLOSE. OFFICIALS ARE CONFIDENT OF THE COLONY'S ABILITY TO MAINTAIN ITS SERVICES.

    THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT IS PUBLISHING AHEAD WITH PLANS TO DEVELOP HINTERLAND, BUT THERE IS STILL UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE LA LINEA AREA, WHERE MOST OF THE WORKERS LIVE. THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROMISED TO PAY THEM AT GIBRALTAR RATES -- MUCH HIGHER THAN IN SPAIN -- UNTIL JOBS CAN BE FOUND FOR THEM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6QH2F8UD4722SAXEL1HNUGDB0
    Media URN:
    VLVA6QH2F8UD4722SAXEL1HNUGDB0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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