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    There are fears that a TV technicians strike could spread and prevent 1,000 million people throughout the world from seeing the Olympic Games live on television.

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    There are fears that a TV technicians strike could spread and prevent 1,000 million people throughout the world from seeing the Olympic Games live on television.

    SYNOPSIS: The strike started on Monday (12 July) when 350 technicians working for Teleglobe in Montreal stopped work in support of increased pay demands. They want an increase of 23 per cent. Teleglobe -- the Canadian government's communication organisation -- has offered them 12 per cent, which has been refused. In itself the strike's not serious. The men have agreed to let administrative staff man the centre while they're out and the admin men are confident they could feed full pictures and commentaries of the games to the world on their own if necessary.

    The strikers are all members of the Canadian Overseas Telecommunications Union. By Thursday (15 July) there were grave fears that the strike would spread to other unions. A spokesman for the National Association of Broadcast Employees is conducting a poll of its members to see whether they want to ban sending material to Teleglobe for world transmission. NABE members will be the technicians producing broadcasts from 27 venues during the games and processing the material for Teleglobe. If the 1600 members of the Olympic Radio and Television Organisation also join the strike it's almost certain that normal coverage of the games would collapse. If this happens viewers could only see limited programmes of events the day after they've been staged.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB5SPU7RYMN6F06T880NA6XZ9N
    Media URN:
    VLVAB5SPU7RYMN6F06T880NA6XZ9N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
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    N/A

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