Postmen in the United States are on strike for the first time. The strike began?
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Background: Postmen in the United States are on strike for the first time. The strike began in New York and has spread to more than a dozen states cutting off mail to more than 20 million people.
The main cause behind the strike was the postman's demand for a 30 per cent by increase.
The strike began on Wednesday (March 18) and has spread progressively.
Postal union officials and members of the Nixon administration have agreed on a plan to try to avert a full-scale, nationwide strike.
Under the plan the strikers would resume work on Monday (March 23rd) and union leaders would begin negotiations with the Government.
If no agreement is reached after five days the postmen would then begin a nationwide strike.
Meanwhile the strike has begun to seriously disrupt New York's business community. Banks, brokerage houses, big corporations and the garment industry were the hardest hit. On Wall Street there were fears that the whole securities industry might have to shut down if the strike continued.
The Post Office Department has stopped all mail from entering on leaving the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.