• Short Summary

    Thousands of striking Thai textile factory workers staged a demonstration on Thursday (13th June) to press the government to accept a six-point ultimatum for better pay and conditions.

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    GV Demonstrators seated
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    2.
    GV Monks among demonstrators by temple
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    3.
    SV & CU Effigies of US and Japanese "economic imperialism."
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    4.
    GV PAN demonstrators TO speaker on platform (2 shots)
    0.37

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    SV Demonstrators applauding
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    SV Effigy burning while demonstrators applaud
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    SV Demonstrators chanting as effigy burns
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    8.
    SV Japanese effigy being burned
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    Initials OS/1852 OS/1901



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Thousands of striking Thai textile factory workers staged a demonstration on Thursday (13th June) to press the government to accept a six-point ultimatum for better pay and conditions. The following day, their leaders accepted a government compromise, ending the strike.

    Thursday's demonstration followed a week of continuous workers' meetings at Sanam Lang, in Bangkok which began with the strike. The first day crowd of about 2,000 had swollen to 6,000 by Thursday. Students lent their support, and their leaders spoke to the workers about the economic exploitation they claim is perpetrated in Thailand by business interests in the United States, Japan and Taiwan.

    The strike leaders said the Thai Workers Association, which had a membership of 30,000, would call for a mass walk-out from Saturday (15th June) if the government did not give a positive reply by Friday afternoon. The ultimatum, which the government accepted by their deadline, centred on the minimum daily pay. The government agreed that this is to be raised from 16 Baht (32 pence sterling) to 20 Baht (40 pence sterling). The strikers had originally asked for 25 Baht. The new rates are to apply to Bangkok and four neighbouring provinces.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAK1KO6F3JBAZSSGH4JGV6MID8
    Media URN:
    VLVAAK1KO6F3JBAZSSGH4JGV6MID8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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