Britain's dock leaders called off their four-week-old national strike on Wednesday (August 16) -- only to run into violent scenes from militant dockers who wanted to carry on.
LV Dockers massed with banners and flanked by police in rowdy scenes outside Labour Party Hq(Transport House) (6 shots)
GTV Police & dockers waiting for delegates, delegates out of building to jeers & shouts from dockers (6 shots)
SV Mounted police waiting at edge of crown, PAN dockers
SV Mounted policeman keeping control of shouting & jeering dockers
SV Dockers chasing dock leaders and arguing down street delegates surrounded by policemen (4 shots)
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Background: Britain's dock leaders called off their four-week-old national strike on Wednesday (August 16) -- only to run into violent scenes from militant dockers who wanted to carry on.
As the dock leaders left the Labour Party headquarters in London's Transport House, after accepting a new union-management agreement to find more jobs for displaced dockers, they ran into a storm of abuse from hundreds of dockers gathered outside. Police had to restrain the dockers as they struggled to reach the delegates, facing shouts of traitor and sell-out'.
The militant dockers also called for an unofficial continuation of the strike, due to end at midnight on Sunday (August 20) according to dock leaders. The new agreement accepted by the leadership gives greater compromise on grievances than previous management offers -- new concessions like management promises to find work for displaced dockers in container depots, a major cause of the strike. Dockers had complained they were being made redundant by lower-paid non-docker labour working for the container firms.