• Short Summary

    STRIKE CHAOS HIT FRANCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) -- NO GAS, ELECTRICITY, MAIL, ELECTRIC RAILWAYS, AND NO SCHOOLS AS MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE STOPPED WORK IN PROTEST AT THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY OF HOLDING DOWN WAGES.

  • Description

    STRIKE CHAOS HIT FRANCE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) -- NO GAS, ELECTRICITY, MAIL, ELECTRIC RAILWAYS, AND NO SCHOOLS AS MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE STOPPED WORK IN PROTEST AT THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY OF HOLDING DOWN WAGES. PARIS ITSELF, DEPRIVED OF THE METRO (UNDERGROUND RAILWAY) AND WITH TRAFFIC LIGHTS NOT WORKING, WAS ONE MASSIVE TRAFFIC JAM.

    MOTORISTS WANTING PETROL WAITED AS GARAGE ATTENDANTS PUMPED THE PETROL BY HAND. SEVERAL AIRLINES CANCELLED SERVICES, INTERNAL AND OVERSEAS. BUT INCONVENIENCED PASSENGERS AT LEAST HAD THE CONSOLATION THAT THERE WERE NO CUSTOMS OFFICERS TO CHECK THEIR LUGGAGE: THEY, TOO, WERE ON STRIKE.

    FRENCH RAILWAYS PUT INTO SERVICE ALL AVAILABLE STEAM AND DIESEL TRAINS TO REPLACE ELECTRIC TRAINS. SERVICES WERE STILL HARD HIT.

    THE ELECTRICAL UNION DID MAKE ONE CONCESSION. THEY AGREED TO MAINTAIN THE SUPPLY TO A SECTION OF CENTRAL PARIS TO SAVE A MAN'S LIFE. THEY WERE TOLD THAT THE MAN, IN AN IRON LUNG, COULD NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO HOSPITAL.

    FRANCE'S NEW WAVE OF PAY DISCONTENT COMES AS THE GOVERNMENT IS APPLYING AN ECONOMIC STABILIZATION PLAN TO KEEP DOWN PRICES AND COMBAT AND INFLATIONARY TREND. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE PLAN IS WORKING WELL, BUT THE UNIONS CLAIM IT IS PENALISING THE WORKERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7V4D1WG050A8WHNCCAR89PMJP
    Media URN:
    VLVA7V4D1WG050A8WHNCCAR89PMJP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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