Two big British fishing ports - Hull and Grimsby - were paralysed on April 6th by s strike of trawler officers.
Two big British fishing ports - Hull and Grimsby - were paralysed on April 6th by s strike of trawler officers. No trawlers sailed from Grimsby, but one - the St. Dominic - broke the strike at Hull. Dockworkers booed loudly in protest as the ship sailed. They themselves were not on strike but were acting in sympathy.
The trawler officers say they are striking in protest against Iceland trawlers landing and selling their catches in England. The first sales of fish from Icelandic ships since the dispute between Britain and Iceland over fishing rights in Icelandic waters were made in Hull and Grimsby this week.
Trawler owners and also the powerful Transport and General Workers Union, which has many members among the trawler crews and unloaders, denounced the strike as irresponsible and futile. Fish traders in Britain say there is enough fish in cold store to last a week, but if the strike continues, there may be shortages and high prices.
An agreement of 1956 between the British and Icelandic fishing industries proves for an annual quota of fish from Icelandic ships to be sold in Britain. The union of the striking trawler officers agreed to honour the 1956 agreement when a Government settlement ended the "fish war" with Iceland early this year.