• Short Summary

    An estimated 35,000 workers today (Wednesday, 18 August) brought industrial production to a standstill as they staged what was believed to be the biggest demonstration ever seen in Scotland.

  • Description

    An estimated 35,000 workers today (Wednesday, 18 August) brought industrial production to a standstill as they staged what was believed to be the biggest demonstration ever seen in Scotland.

    The men, many accompanied by their wives and children, were protesting against the Government's plans to prune the Upper clyde shipbuilders, cutting the work force there from 8,290 men to 2,500.

    Thousands of workers from English industrial areas joined the march and one of the demonstration's organisers called it the biggest protest ever held in Scotland. Heading the procession was the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Mr. Vic Feather, and former Minister of Technology in the Labour Government, Mr. Anthony Wedgwood Benn.

    Mr. Feather addressed the assembled workers at Glasgow Green and made his intentions clear, saying that he intended to plead with Government leaders for the salvation of the yard's full working force.

    The shipyards threatened with closure include John Brown's, which built the famous Queen liners.

    This film is supplied with an English commentary which may be used if desired, a transcript of which appears on this page.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADEP8R3ZEDAS42YDZW3V4J8ZNY
    Media URN:
    VLVADEP8R3ZEDAS42YDZW3V4J8ZNY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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