Urgent negotiations were continuing in London on Wednesday (2 August) to end the five-day-old nationwide dock strike which appears likely to continue into next week.
GV Tower Bridge, London
LV Ferry up river past battle ship
GV Ships at pier
GV Goods standing on barges and pier (3 shots)
GV Idle cranes (2 shots)
GVs Containers in yard (2 shots)
GV PAN Cars to be exported (2 shots)
GV PAN Hamburg Harbour
GV Ships at quay
CU & GV Goods to be exported to UK (5 shots)
GV Cars & caravans at dockside (2 shots)
CU & GV Containers destined for UK (2 shots)
GV Goods PAN TO ship at quayside
GV PAN Dumped in Guernsey (2 shots)
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Background: Urgent negotiations were continuing in London on Wednesday (2 August) to end the five-day-old nationwide dock strike which appears likely to continue into next week.
The 42,000 dockers paralysed the nation's ports when they went on strike in protest against the trend towards pre-packed containers loaded inland by workers not in the docks union. This has greatly reduced the need for port manpower.
Five-hundred to six-hundred ships are lying idle off Britain's ???ast, Ports, such as Hamburg, which normally ship a large amount of goods to Britain are also feeling the effects of the strike.
Perishable fruits have already been affected, and market sources say that unless shipments of bananas, oranges and grapes are freed soon, wholesalers will start running short within a week.
Perhaps the most serious situation is on the Channel island of Guernsey where tomato-growers have already lost seven-hundred-thousand-pounds in wasted fruit, and are threatened with having to dump tons more piling up on the island.