• Short Summary

    AS WORKERS IN 105 BUSINESS FIRMS AND BUS COMPANIES ANSWERED THE ISLAND-WIDE STRIKE CALL BY THE ULTRA LEFT-WING SINGAPORE ASSOCIATION OF TRADE UNIONS, POLICE WARNED STRIKERS THAT THEIR ACTION IS ILLEGAL.

  • Description

    AS WORKERS IN 105 BUSINESS FIRMS AND BUS COMPANIES ANSWERED THE ISLAND-WIDE STRIKE CALL BY THE ULTRA LEFT-WING SINGAPORE ASSOCIATION OF TRADE UNIONS, POLICE WARNED STRIKERS THAT THEIR ACTION IS ILLEGAL.

    THE WARNING WAS ISSUED LATE OCTOBER 8 NIGHT FOLLOWING THE "MASS ACTION" LAUNCHED BY THE ASSOCIATION'S SEVEN BIGGEST UNIONS.

    A FEW HOURS BEFORE THE STRIKE BEGAN, POLICE HAD SWOOPED ON THE ASSOCIATION'S HEADQUARTERS AND DETAINED ITS LEADER AND SEVERAL OTHER OFFICIALS.FURTHER ARRESTS LATER BROUGHT THE TOTAL OF KNOWN DETENTIONS TO 17.

    TOWARDS THE END OF THE DAY, THE CITY WAS RECOVERING FAST FROM THE INITIAL SURPRISE CAUSED BY THE LIGHTING INDUSTRIAL ACTION.A BIG MOVE HAD ALREADY BEGUN AMONG SOME STRIKING UNIONS TO DISSOCIATE THEMSELVES FROM THE SINGAPORE ASSOCIATION OF TRADE UNIONS.

    A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE POLICE SAID: "THESE STRIKES ARE NOT BEING CONDUCTED IN FURTHERANCE OF ANY TRADE DISPUTE, BUT WOULD APPEAR TO BE INSTIGATED FOR THE OTHER OBJECTS".

    LATER, A GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF THE DAY'S SITUATION SAID THAT "SWIFT AND DECISIVE ACTION BY THE POLICE" HAD FOR THE TIME BEING CONSCRIBED COMMUNISTS FREEDOM OF ACTION AND CALLED ON ALL WORKERS AND OTHERS NOT TO BE TRAPPED INTO BECOMING SHIELDS FOR THE COMMUNISTS.

    MEANWHILE, TUNKU ABDUI RAHMAN, THE MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, WILL FLY TO SINGAPORE IF THE SITUATION DETERIORATES.HE SAID THERE WAS NO RHYME OR REASON FOR THE ISLAND-WIDE STRIKE."WE ARE FORCED TO TAKE CERTAIN STEPS TO NORMALISE THE SITUATION BECAUSE WE ARE IN CHARGE OF INTERNAL SECURITY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAGA27G70M79RH04Q3W0HBKBWO
    Media URN:
    VLVAAGA27G70M79RH04Q3W0HBKBWO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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