• Short Summary

    The nationwide Canadian rail strike which began on Friday, August 24th, has caused serious disruption of passenger and cargo traffic and is seriously threatening the Provinces of Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

  • Description

    The nationwide Canadian rail strike which began on Friday, August 24th, has caused serious disruption of passenger and cargo traffic and is seriously threatening the Provinces of Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Both depend on ferry services for food and other cargo. All ferry service has been suspended by the strike and strikers have prevented the unloading of other ships.

    The strike by 56,000 non-operating staff -- clerical and yard workers -- halted service on the two national rail lines and nine smaller ones, idling 100,000 rail workers. The strikers are demanding an increase of 22.6 per cent over the next two years. The companies have offered 17.4 per cent. Their present wage averages 3.54 dollars (1.42 Sterling) an hour.

    Extra 'plane and bus services have been scheduled, but thousands of tourists were stranded in the Eastern Provinces. Trucking companies are working extra shifts, but serious shortages were developing. General Motors of Canada shut down two assembly plants and Ford said one of theirs would close next week due to the shortage of spare parts.

    The two previous national rail strikes were ended when Parliament passed back-to-work legislation after they had continued for less than ten days, but Labour Minister John Munro said he wanted to avoid such action.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD53QCZY39FAJQM6BDQ2TYDXTP
    Media URN:
    VLVAD53QCZY39FAJQM6BDQ2TYDXTP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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