• Short Summary

    The continuing British dock strike, which on Tuesday (1 August) prompted the cabinet to consider calling a state of emergency, has thrown attention on the problems caused on
    docks around the world by the advent of the container.

  • Description

    The continuing British dock strike, which on Tuesday (1 August) prompted the cabinet to consider calling a state of emergency, has thrown attention on the problems caused on
    docks around the world by the advent of the container.

    The threat of redundancies which has come with the container age in Britain is a
    root cause of the present strike. It was also a major factor in the stoppages on
    both coasts of the United States during the letter half of last year.

    The opening of container terminals in Australia and New Zealand were also
    accompanied by labour difficulties -- but this has not been the case
    everywhere.

    Most Asian ports have moved smoothly into the era of the container, and the huge
    container complex outside Rotterdam (Europort) is claimed to have near-perfect
    labour relations.

    This Visnews compilation shows scenes in the United States during the 1971 dock
    strike, the new Singapore container terminal -- a source of national pride --
    and the container terminal outside Rotterdam.

    SYNOPSIS: Container ships have brought a world-wide revolution in methods of
    international freight handling. But in some places their arrival has been marked
    by prolonged and bitter labour disputes - emphasised by the present British
    national dock strike. Container ships need fewer stevedores to work them -- and
    some dock unions see them as bringing a threat of redundancy.

    Like Britain, the United States has felt the wrath of the docker at the advent
    of the container era.

    Containers weren't the only issue at stake during last year's crippling strikes
    on both coasts -- but they were a major factor.

    The United States dispute directly affected millions of Americans. These were
    passengers from a cruise liner - forced to handle their own baggage because of
    the dock strike.

    In Singapore, the container age arrived this year with few problems. The modern
    terminal on Singapore Harbour is an object for national pride. The container
    freighter "Nihon" was the first to use the terminal, and container handling went
    ahead smoothly. Other parts of Asia too have seen a smooth arrival of container
    loading -- but both Australia and New Zealand were plagued by lengthy dockside
    disputes. Few world container ports saw the arrival of their first container
    ships go as smoothly as Singapore.

    An almost perfect record for industrial harmony is held at the huge container
    complex outside Rotterdam, known as Europort. In terms of cargo handled, these
    wharves are some of the busiest in the world. The port was created for the
    container age - and much of Western Europe's container traffic passes through
    here. Located just a hundred miles from the strike-bound container ports of
    Britain, Europort provides an interesting contrast in its trouble-free record.


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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC1TDRX2PG94M5KESQM9QZARX4
    Media URN:
    VLVAC1TDRX2PG94M5KESQM9QZARX4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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