Pickets at Britain's strike-hit Ford Motor Company factory in Dagenham were visited on Wednesday (March 24) by several trade unionists attending the International Metal Workers Conference in London.
SV Woodcock arrives and greeted outside Ford main gate.
SV Woodcock speaking
SV Pickets at gate
CU Woodcock talking to reporter.
Transcript Seq 2: Woodcock: "I'ld just like to say that brother Ken Bannon, on my right, who is director of our Ford division in the United States and Canada, and I are - along with our colleagues in other countries - grateful to have the chance to be here to express our solidarity with you. We wish you all success in the world in this struggle with the Ford Motor Company."
Seq 4: Interview Reporter: "You've been talking this week about international co-operation amongst car workers. Are you going to help these people in Dagenham on strike in any way?"
Woodcock: "Well, if that becomes necessary, we would do what has to be done to give them support - if in fact the Ford Motor Company has it in its mind, and I hope it does not, to try and break this strike and to try and defeat their spirit."
Reporter: "What form will that help take?"
Woodcock: "Whatever form was necessary in which we could properly assist them."
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Background: Pickets at Britain's strike-hit Ford Motor Company factory in Dagenham were visited on Wednesday (March 24) by several trade unionists attending the International Metal Workers Conference in London. The trade union leaders from the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, France and Belgium, said they went to Dagenham as a gesture of support for the Ford workers - now in their eighth week of a strike for more money.
There were calls for more control by national Governments over the operations of major international companies such as Ford. The international gathering of unionists were particularly concerned about what they regarded as threats made by Mr Henry Ford to divert investment from Britain until labour relations were more stable in the company's British plants.
Among the visitors was Mr Leonard Woodcock leader of the United States motor workers union, who wished the strikers luck - and promised support for the strike if necessary.