• Short Summary

    Britain's docks and motor industry were seriously disrupted today (Tuesday) as militant workers marched in protest against the Government's Industrial Relations Bill, designed to curb wildcat strikes.

  • Description

    Britain's docks and motor industry were seriously disrupted today (Tuesday) as militant workers marched in protest against the Government's Industrial Relations Bill, designed to curb wildcat strikes.

    The Trade Union Congress, Britain's national trade union organisation, had proclaimed the day as a day of national demonstration against the Bill, but urged workers only to hold meetings and token demonstrations in free time.

    An estimated 300,000 workers staged protests of one kind or another, and more than half took the day off work.

    The biggest dock stoppage was at Liverpool, where only 286 men out of a work force of 10,000 stayed at work - the protest affected 76 ships and cost the port some 70,000 sterling (170,000 dollars) in lost revenue.

    Car industry losses ran into hundreds of thousands sterling, one of the largest demonstrations being at Coventry, where 30,000 struck and 20,000 marched through the streets.

    In London and the south there were few major stoppages, but printing and actors' unions took part in marches. Demonstrators gathered at the renowned "Speakers Corner" in Hyde Park, and showed some discomfort when they were joined by militant homosexuals of the "Gay Liberation Movement". The latter claimed they opposed the Bill because they rejected any limitation on freedom of action.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAV1SB31UV0YALL3S2A6NVWNJ7
    Media URN:
    VLVAAV1SB31UV0YALL3S2A6NVWNJ7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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