• Short Summary

    AFTER SPAIN ANNOUNCED THAT SHE WOULD BE CLOSING THE BORDER TO GIBRALTAR AT "LA LINEA" AS FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY), SPANISH AUTHORITIES ALLOWED THE 4,500 SPANISH WORKERS WHO WORK ON THE ROCK TO COLLECT THEIR BELONGINGS -- INCLUDING ALL TOOLS AND BICYCLES -- AND CROSS OVER INTO SPAIN OVER THE WEEKEND.

  • Description

    AFTER SPAIN ANNOUNCED THAT SHE WOULD BE CLOSING THE BORDER TO GIBRALTAR AT "LA LINEA" AS FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY), SPANISH AUTHORITIES ALLOWED THE 4,500 SPANISH WORKERS WHO WORK ON THE ROCK TO COLLECT THEIR BELONGINGS -- INCLUDING ALL TOOLS AND BICYCLES -- AND CROSS OVER INTO SPAIN OVER THE WEEKEND. THE SPANISH WITHDRAWAL OF THE LABOUR FORCE IS IN RETALIATION FOR THE NEW CONSTITUTION ANNOUNCED BY THE GIBRALTAR GOVERNMENT ON FRIDAY (JUNE 6).

    THE EXECUTIVE OF GIBRALTAR'S MAIN UNION, THE TRANSPORT AND GENERAL WORKERS, ARE HOLDING AN EMERGENCY MEETING TODAY (SUNDAY) AND HAVE APPEALED TO ALL REMAINING WORKERS TO CO-OPERATE WITH EMPLOYERS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY EMERGENCY MEASURES. HOWEVER, IN A PRESS CONFERENCE, GOVERNOR ADMIRAL SIR VARYL BEGG DECLARED THAT THERE WOULD DEFINITELY BE NO CRISIS, NO EMERGENCY OR NO DIRECTION OF LABOUR -- ONLY SOME INCONVENIENCE AND TEMPORARY DISLOCATION -- AS GIBRALTAR HAD BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS EVENTUALITY FOR SOME TIME.

    REPORTS WOULD INDICATED THAT IT IS THE WORKMEN THEMSELVES WHO ARE FACED WITH THE GRAVEST PROBLEMS. ALTHOUGH SPAIN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WOULD RECEIVE GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDISED EQUIVALENT SALARIES UNTIL NEW JOBS ARE FOUND FOR THEM, SOURCES FEEL THAT MOST OF THEM ARE WALKING OVER THE BORDER INTO UNEMPLOYMENT THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. MOST OF THEM HAVE LIVED AND WORKED ON THE ROCK FOR OVER 20 YEARS -- SOME FOR 50 -- AND THEIR DEPARTURE IS NOT MERELY THE LOSS OF A SOURCE OF INCOME BUT THE END OF A WAY OF LIFE.

    MANY OBSERVERS FEEL THAT THIS IS ONLY ONE OF THE MEASURES THAT SPAIN IS PLANNING AGAINST GIBRALTAR IN PROTEST FOR THE NEW CONSTITUTION WHICH SAYS THAT THE STATUS OF GIBRALTAR CANNOT BE CHANGED WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE LOCAL POPULATION. THIS, SPAIN CLAIMS, INFRINGES THE 1713 TREATY OF UTRECHT UNDER WHICH GIBRALTAR WAS CEDED TO BRITAIN AND DEFIES THE UNITED NATIONS RECOMMENDATION THAT GIBRALTAR SHOULD BE HANDED BACK TO SPAIN BY OCTOBER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD21BS7TTU4QG1NDGZTLQ1UAEK
    Media URN:
    VLVAD21BS7TTU4QG1NDGZTLQ1UAEK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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