• Short Summary

    Ten thousand striking steelworkers marched through the streets of Lisbon on Tuesday (7 October) to surround the Portuguese Labour Ministry in a demonstration for higher wages and the return of former Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves to office.

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    Ten thousand striking steelworkers marched through the streets of Lisbon on Tuesday (7 October) to surround the Portuguese Labour Ministry in a demonstration for higher wages and the return of former Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves to office.

    Leaders of the demonstration claim to have forced the Government into accepting their demands for large wage rises, and thousands of the strikers shouted "victory, victory" as union chiefs waved a flag from a Labour Ministry window to signal success.

    The leaders had talks with Labour Minister, Captain Tomas Rosa, and threatened to besiege the building if he did not agree to their demands.

    There has been no Government confirmation of the leaders' victory claim as yet.

    The strike, called by Communist controlled unions, was the second by the steelworkers since the new Government, led by Admiral Jose Pinheiro De Azevedo, took power last month after the fall of General Goncalves.

    The demonstrators carried communist flags and chanted slogans calling for the re-instatement of General Goncalves.

    Steelworkers were also active in the northern city of Opporto on the same day.

    About a thousand of them clashed with troops, after they had marched through the city chanting left-wing slogans.

    Six people were injured in the clash, after troops lobbed percussion grenades at the demonstrators.

    SYNOPSIS: Ten thousand striking steelworkers marched through the streets of Lisbon on Tuesday demanding higher wages and the re-instatement of former Portuguese Prime Minister, General Vasco Goncalves. The strike, called by Communist controlled unions, was the second by steelworkers since the new Government, led by Admiral Jose Pinheiro De Azevedo, took power last month after the fall of General Goncalves.

    The demonstrators used a fleet of lorries as floats, and disrupted traffic in many of Lisbon's main streets as they marched towards the Labour Ministry building.

    Thousand of demonstrators surrounded the Labour Ministry building as their leaders went in for talks with Labour Minister Captain Tomas Rosa. The leaders threatened to besiege the building if their wage demands were not met. Later, union delegates waved flags from the building's windows to signal success. However, the Government has yet to confirm union leaders' claims that they have been promised large wage rises.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB8BKB6519QVLZNKLO0G3P6OI8
    Media URN:
    VLVAB8BKB6519QVLZNKLO0G3P6OI8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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