• Short Summary

    AFTER A CABINET MEETING
    OVER BY GENERAL DE GENERAL DE GAULLE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT HAS DECLARED ITS DETERMINATION TO APPLY ITS "BACK TO WORK" ORDERS TO THE STRIKING COAL MINERS WHATEVER THE DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED.

  • Description

    AFTER A CABINET MEETING
    OVER BY GENERAL DE GENERAL DE GAULLE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT HAS DECLARED ITS DETERMINATION TO APPLY ITS "BACK TO WORK" ORDERS TO THE STRIKING COAL MINERS WHATEVER THE DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED.

    AFTER THE MEETING, AT THE ELYSEE PALACE, M. ALAIN PEYREFITTE, INFORMATION MINISTER, TOLD REPORTERS "THE LAW MUST BE OBEYED." HE SAID M. GEORGES POMPIDOU, THE PRIME MINISTER, WOULD ANNOUNCE ANY NEW MEASURES IN A NATION-WIDE BROADCAST IN TWO OR THREE DAYS TIME. IF CIRCUMSTANCES DID NOT IMPROVE, PRESIDENT DE GAULLE WOULD SPEAK LATER, THE MINISTER ADDED.

    AN APPEAL HAS BEEN MADE TO THE 240,000 MINERS NOT TO PROLONG THEIR REFUSAL TO OBEY "REQUISITION" ORDERS.

    THE MINERS ARE SEEKING AN 11 PER CENT PAY INCREASE TO KEEP IN STEP WITH WORKERS IN OTHER NATIONALISED INDUSTRIES. THE GOVERNMENT HAS OFFERED A GRADED INCREASE OF 5.77 PER CENT OVER A YEAR, WITH NEW TALKS IN SEPTEMBER. THE STRIKE CALL REMAINED VIRTUALLY 100 PER CENT SOLID TODAY - THE SIXTH DAY OF THE STRIKE.

    STRONG POLICE REINFORCEMENTS ARE STANDING BY IN THE COALFIELDS, BUT NO CLASHES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THE GOVERNMENT HAS SO FAR MADE NO MOVE TO ENFORCE ITS "REQUISITIONING" - A FORM OF MOBILISATION OF MINERS, WHO IF THEY REFUSE MAY BE DISMISSED AND LOSE PENSION RIGHTS AS WELL AS FACING FINES OR IMPRISONMENT.

    COAL STOCKS, ALREADY LOW AFTER THE SEVEREST WINTER SINCE 1880, HAVE DWINDLED PRACTICALLY TO ZERO, AND GAS PRESSURE HAS ALREADY BEEN REDUCED IN SOME NORTHERN AREAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA96U48M9032G5ACBA8OAW83P47
    Media URN:
    VLVA96U48M9032G5ACBA8OAW83P47
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/03/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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