VISNEWS filmed June 29 latest development in the printing shut-down as pickets and other worker's gathered outside the deserted printing-ink firm of Ault and Wiberg, Southfields, London.
MV. Group of pickets
Closer V. Group of pickets
CV. 'Picket' band on arm
MV. Group of pickets with man emphasizing point.
MV. 2 pickets reading paper
Newspaper headline "Ink workers may spread strike"
MV. Group of pickets talking
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Background: VISNEWS filmed June 29 latest development in the printing shut-down as pickets and other worker's gathered outside the deserted printing-ink firm of Ault and Wiberg, Southfields, London.
A walkout took place at another of the five key firms supplying ink to the national daily and London evening newspapers. Strike notices were given at the other three.
As the printing dispute spread to the ink manufacturing firms, a report on the new crisis went to Minister of Labour, Iain Mcleod.
Walkouts are laos threatened by workers belonging to more of the 38 firms in the Society of Printing Ink Manufacturers, in sympathy with conditional notices of dismissals given by a Tottenham printing firm. The notices are a sequel to the 'go-slow' operated by the 2,500 members of Natsopa (National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants) in support of a 40-hour week and pay rise.
National daily and London evening papers are not involved in the printing dispute itself, which involves 150,000 workers and 1,100 firms concerned with general print work and local newspapers but if the latest crisis in the link-printing field spreads, Fleet Street newspapers will be forced to close down.