• Short Summary

    DURING A 24-HOUR STRIKE BY ONE MILLION ITALIAN STATE EMPLOYEES, THE CARETAKER CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER GIOVANNI LEONE RESIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER FIVE MONTHS IN POWER WITHOUT A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY.

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    DURING A 24-HOUR STRIKE BY ONE MILLION ITALIAN STATE EMPLOYEES, THE CARETAKER CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER GIOVANNI LEONE RESIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER FIVE MONTHS IN POWER WITHOUT A PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY. THE COUNTRY NOW FACES THE TASK OF FINDING THE 29TH GOVERNMENT SINCE THE WAR. THE STRIKE HAS PARALYSED ITALY'S TELEPHONE, POSTAL AND RAILWAY SERVICES.

    IN ROME, MANY OF THE STRIKING WORKERS MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS, CARRYING BANNERS AND BLOWING WHISTLES.

    THE STRIKE, WHICH BEGAN FOR THE RAILWAYMEN ON MONDAY EVENING AND FOR THE OTHER STATE WORKERS AT MIDNIGHT, WAS CALLED TO PRESS DEMANDS FOR HIGHER WAGES AND BETTER MEDICAL INSURANCE.

    WITH THE RAILWAYMEN OUT, ALMOST ALL RAIL TRANSPORT WAS HALTED AND ROME'S CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION WAS DESERTED.

    THE ITALIAN STATE RAILWAYS ARRANGED FOR SPECIAL BUS SERVICES MANNED BY SOLDIERS TO LINK BIGGER TOWNS. ARMY LORRIES ALSO OPERATED AN EMERGENCY LONG-DISTANCE TRANSPORT SERVICE FROM A MAKESHIFT TERMINAL IN THE STATION SQUARE.

    PARCELS AND LETTERS FILED UP IN SORTING OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE DAY BECAUSE OF THE POSTAL WORKERS' STOPPAGE AND NO MAIL WAS DELIVERED.

    TELEPHONE SERVICES WERE ALSO BADLY HIT. A WALK-OUT BY EXCHANGE OPERATORS OUT TELEPHONE LINKS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND BLOCKED THE AUTOMATIC DIALLING SYSTEM KEEPING MANY LINES ALMOST PERMANENTLY ENGAGED.

    MILLIONS OF SCHOOLCHILDREN STAYED AT HOME AS TEACHERS IN STATE SCHOOLS ALSO JOINED THE STRIKE.

    THE ITALIAN RAILWAYMEN ENDED THEIR STRIKE TONIGHT. THE COMMUNIST TRADE UNION FEDERATION, C.G.I.L. SAID THE STRIKE HAS 96 PER CENT SUCCESSFUL IN THE RAILWAYS, 94 PER CENT IN THE POSTAL AND TELEPHONE SERVICES AND 85 PER CENT IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND FIRMS. THE NATIONWIDE STRIKE WAS ITALY'S SECOND IN FIVE DAYS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAJHBDHB8QJCF73OTQKK6QM9AG
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJHBDHB8QJCF73OTQKK6QM9AG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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