INTRODUCTION: The management of Denmark's largest daily newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, called in police on sunday night (24 April) to remove hundreds of printers and sympathisers trying to stop the paper's distribution.
LV PAN UP: demonstrators pinning placards onto gates outside newspaper offices in newspaper strike, Copenhagen, Denmark.
SV PAN: workers in newspapers office windows.
SV: pickets outside gates with banner saying 'blockade'
LV AND SV: distribution van attempting to drive through picket line and stopped by demonstrators (2 shots).
SV: demonstrators rocking van and breaking bottles against it.
LV AND SV: police van arriving and policemen getting out (2 shots).
SV AND CU: policeman attempting to control demonstrators (2 shots).
SVs: truck stopped by singing, dancing demonstrators (2 shots).
Meanwhile, printers at other Danish newspapers, on strike since last month over pay settlement proposals and in sympathy with the Berlingske workers, began voting on a return to work following an agreement on wages and conditions reached at the weekend.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The management of Denmark's largest daily newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, called in police on sunday night (24 April) to remove hundreds of printers and sympathisers trying to stop the paper's distribution.
SYNOPSIS: An estimated 600 protesters gathered outside the Berlingske Publishing House in Copenhagen. They posted placards outside and prevented newspapers vans from entering the building. The papers was printed for the first time for three months on Sunday without printers. A 16-page miniature version of the conservative paper appeared on sale on Monday (25 April), produced by the staff foremen at the paper.
The protesters did their best to stem distribution. But the management called the police in to break the blockade. There were scuffles and four no-one was seriously hurt. A police spokesman said the blockade was broken in about one hour. He added that most protesters were not printers but 'elements out to cause a disturbance'. Berlingske dismissed its entire printing staff of 1,000 last month after they refused three labour court orders to return to work immediately under existing conditions. The publishers are demanding a reduction of more than 300 in the printing staff, increased working hours,and pay cuts to bring Berlingske printers into line with national pay norms. But the printers have opposed the plan and negotiations finally broke down on Friday.