• Short Summary

    Britain spun back towards industrial crisis on Thursday (July 27) as the country's dockers' union -- the Transport and General Workers (TGWU) -- voted for an official nationwide dock strike starting at midnight.

  • Description

    Britain spun back towards industrial crisis on Thursday (July 27) as the country's dockers' union -- the Transport and General Workers (TGWU) -- voted for an official nationwide dock strike starting at midnight. The union is the largest in Britain.

    The strike decision, by 38 votes to 28, was greeted by frenzied scenes outside the Union headquarters at Transport House, where jubilant dockers danced in the street and yelled their approval.

    The rejection by the dockers conference of peace proposals hammered out in the past few weeks by TGWU leader Jack Jones, port employer Lord Adlington and two rank-and-file dockers -- foreshadowed new strains on the ailing British economy and another round of confrontations between the government and militant trade unionists.

    The decision came as the parent body of organised labour in Britain, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) called off a general strike scheduled for Monday (July 31).

    This had been called in sympathy with five leading dockers who were imprisoned last week for defying an Industrial Court order against picketing container depots.

    The five leaders, however, were released from jail on Wednesday (July 26) after intervention by a judicial official.

    Commenting on today's strike decision, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. John Davies, said he was "very concerned" and described the move in a nationwide broadcast as a "serious situation by any standards". The minister called on the dockers to "think again."

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    Film ID:
    VLVABH16IAPYJF1I19BC8P2U15Y4P
    Media URN:
    VLVABH16IAPYJF1I19BC8P2U15Y4P
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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