In London, dozens of people were injured and more than a hundred arrests were made during picketing outside a film processing factory on Monday (7 November).
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Background: In London, dozens of people were injured and more than a hundred arrests were made during picketing outside a film processing factory on Monday (7 November). There's been trouble at the Grunwick plant ever since striking workers were sacked over union recognition and the owner kept the factory going with non-union staff. On this occasion pickets said it was the 'day of reckoning' in their efforts to stop workers entering the factory. But the presence of 5,000 police -- a quarter of London's force -- helped to clear a way for the workers' bus to the plant's back gate.
SYNOPSIS: Violent scuffles began after police arrested one of the demonstrators. In all, some 106 pickets were arrested out of an estimated 4,000 demonstrators. They were greatly out-numbered by the 5,000 police but even so, the constables had a difficult time restraining the crowds who tried again and again to break through the police cordon guarding the factory gates.
Strike leader Jack Dromey accused the police of what he called 'appalling and unbridled brutality". He claimed 10 pickets had suffered broken limbs. As a protest, the demonstrate marched on the nearby Willes police station to demand the release of arrested pickets. However, the crowd later dispersed without incident. The strikers now want workers providing essential services to cut off supplies to Grunwick -- unofficially if necessary.
Several pickets and nine policeman were injured during the violent incidents, which included brick-throwing at one point. There has been a total of 300 arrests since massed picketings began in late summer after the owner of Grunwick refused to accept a recommendation by an official inquiry that he reinstate 97 sacked workers. They lost their jobs 15 months ago after striking for union recognition.