About one million farmers and agricultural workers throughout the European Economic Community countries stopped work on Monday (15 September) to protest against the low prices they are getting for farm produce.
About one million farmers and agricultural workers throughout the European Economic Community countries stopped work on Monday (15 September) to protest against the low prices they are getting for farm produce. The demonstrations were timed to put pressure on the nine EEC Agriculture Ministers who are due to discuss farm prices during talks in Brussels on Tuesday (17 September).
Farmers in France used their tractors to set up roadblocks, and two major cities, Strasbourg and Angvers, were completely cut-off The French Farmers Union leader, M. Michel Debatisse, who was the co-ordinator of the de demonstrations old newsmen on Monday, "from Scotland to Sicily, from Britanny to Bavaria the farmers of the nine Common Market (Countries) are united in revolt for the first time."
The farmers claim that a four-per-cent rise in guaranteed producer prices, reluctantly proposed by the Common Market Commission - after months of pressure - is already too little, too late. They are asking for an increase of at least eight-per-cent in guaranteed farm prices from October 1.
While farmers in Belgium, the Netherlands and France took to the streets in their tractors, Britain's farm leaders adopted less militant tactics ?? make their point to their government. Led by their President, Sir Henry Plumb, a delegation form the National Farmers union called on 10 Downing Street to leave statements urging for support for British agriculture and expansion of home food production.