More than one million workers in Britain went on strike today (Thursday March 18) in protest at the Government's proposed Industrial Relations Bill, which seeks to halt unofficial strikes.
TV Fairfields Hall Croydon, demonstrators gathered outside.
MCV Demonstrators chanting, shouting, with banners (4 shots)
GV & LV Delegate arriving at Hall.
MV Crowd, cars for export passing in background.
MV Delegates arriving (2 shots)
LV INT Fairfields Hall, Victor Feather speaking SOUND Begins "There is no question.....
MV Victor Feather speaking SOUND Ends "...above the law."
LV Deserted street in factory area PAN to locked gates.
CU Chained padlock on gate.
MLV Semi-closed factories
MCU Factory PAN down to padlock on gate.
GV Semi-deserted building.
LV "Daily Mirror" building.
MV Deserted "Northcliffe House"
MV Railway goods yard, vehicle arriving.
MLV Freightliner loading area.
LV Ditto, train passing in foreground
TV Underground train running.
TRANSCRIPT: VIC FEATHER:- "There is no question of trade unions lying down and letting this legislative juggernaut roll over them. On the other hand, there are those who allege that the legislation is so deeply repugnant to trade unionists, and so fundamental and unwarranted an attack on trade union functions, that trade unionists would be justified in deliberately defying application of the act. The fact that a law is offensive to a particular grouping of people does not entitle that grouping, no matter how vast and important it is, deliberately to break the law. Trade unionists are not either individually, or collectively, above the law."
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Background: More than one million workers in Britain went on strike today (Thursday March 18) in protest at the Government's proposed Industrial Relations Bill, which seeks to halt unofficial strikes. At the same time as industries throughout the country ground to a halt in the one-day stoppage, the Trades Union Congress -- grouping 150 unions and representing 10 million workers -- voted for a policy of non-co-operation and persuasion against the Government and industrial management. They rejected, however, militants' demands that further paralysing one-day general strikes should take place.
Our coverage shows scenes outside the T.U.C. meeting today, intercut with general sequence showing the effects of the strike. It includes a good speech by Vic Feather, General Secretary of the T.U.C.