• Short Summary

    FRENCH MINING UNIONS TODAY (MONDAY) REPORTED OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN THEIR STRIVE FOR MORE PAY AND BETTER HOURS, DESPITE A PRESIDENTIAL DECREE DECLARING ANY STOPPAGE ILLEGAL AND THREATENING THE MINERS WITH IMPRISONMENT AND FINES.

  • Description

    FRENCH MINING UNIONS TODAY (MONDAY) REPORTED OVERWHELMING SUPPORT IN THEIR STRIVE FOR MORE PAY AND BETTER HOURS, DESPITE A PRESIDENTIAL DECREE DECLARING ANY STOPPAGE ILLEGAL AND THREATENING THE MINERS WITH IMPRISONMENT AND FINES.

    FOR MANY FRENCH MINERS, HOWEVER, MONDAY IS TRADITIONALLY A DAY OF REST, AND THE REAL TEST OF THE STRIKE WILL COME TOMORROW (TUESDAY) WHEN THEY WOULD NORMALLY RETURN TO THE PITS.

    THE MINERS ARE STRIKING IN SUPPORT OF AN 11 PER CENT PAY CLAIM, A 40-HOUR WEEK AND EARLIER RETIREMENT.THEIR STRIKE STARTED ON FRIDAY, BUT THEY BECAME MORE DETERMINED AFTER "REQUISITION ORDERS" WERE SIGNED FORBIDDING ANY STRIKE OR ANY "GO SLOW" MOVEMENT AT THE PITS.

    ALL THREE MAJOR TRADE UNION GROUPS IN FRANCE -- REPRESENTING THE CATHOLIC, SOCIALIST AND COMMUNIST LED UNIONS -- HAVE RECOMMENDED THEIR MEMBERS TO STAND FIRM AND RESIST GOVERNMENT PRESSURE TO RETURN TO WORK.

    AT DOUAI, A MINING CENTRE NEAR THE BELGIAN BORDER, ABOUT THREE-THOUSAND MINERS STAYED AWAY FROM WORK AND HELD A PROTEST PROCESSION THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE TOWN.THEY SHOUTED SLOGANS AND CARRIED BANNERS MAKING KNOWN THEIR DEMANDS.

    POLICE REINFORCEMENTS HAD BEEN CALLED INTO THE AREA, BUT THEY HAD NOT ARRIVED IN TIME FOR THE PROCESSION.IT WENT OFF WITHOUT INCIDENT.IT IS REPORTED THAT MANY MORE SIMILAR DEMONSTRATIONS AND MEETINGS HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR TOMORROW.

    (PRESIDENT DE GAULLE PERSONALLY SIGNED THE "REQUISITION ORDERS" AT HIS COLIMBEY HOME AND THEY WERE PUBLISHED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.GOVERNMENT ACTION WAS TAKEN URGENTLY BECAUSE OF THE SMALL STOCKS OF COAL LEFT IN THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING THE INTENSE WINTER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA90HQGAM9ZVHVVLWNTOZE237IS
    Media URN:
    VLVA90HQGAM9ZVHVVLWNTOZE237IS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1963
    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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