• Short Summary

    A TWENTY-FOUR HOUR STRIKE IN SUPPORT OF COAL MINERS IN THE AVEYRON DEPARTMENT OF FRANCE PARALYSED THE SMALL TOWN OF DECAZEVILLE, JAN 9.

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    A TWENTY-FOUR HOUR STRIKE IN SUPPORT OF COAL MINERS IN THE AVEYRON DEPARTMENT OF FRANCE PARALYSED THE SMALL TOWN OF DECAZEVILLE, JAN 9.A DEMONSTRATION OF 30,000 PEOPLE MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS WITH BANNERS CHANTING SLOGANS AGAINST THE NATIONAL COAL BOARD.ON DEC 19, ABOUT 250 DECAZEVILLE MINERS DECIDED TO REMAIN UNDERGROUND UNTIL THE COAL BOARD CHANGED ITS DECISION TO CLOSE DOWN THE MOST UNPRODUCTIVE MINES IN THE AREA.

    SHOPS AND PETROL STATIONS CLOSED DOWN FOR THE STRIKE AND LITTLE TRAFFIC MOVED ON THE ROADS.NATIONAL HIGHWAYS WERE BLOCKED BY FARM TRACTORS AND SOME DEMONSTRATORS EVEN BARRED RAILWAY LINES TO HOLD UP TRAINS.ALTHOUGH FEELING RAN HIGH THERE WAS NO VIOLENCE OR TROUBLE WITH THE POLICE.

    REDUNDANT MINERS IN DECAZEVILLE HAVE BEEN GUARANTEED WORK IN THE LIGHT INDUSTRIES COMING INTO THE REGION, BUT THEY FEEL THE CHANGE WOULD LOWER THEIR PRESENT HIGH WAGES AND STANDARD OF LIVING.THE MEN ON THE UNDERGROUND STRIKE HAVE ATTRACTED A GREAT DEAL OF SYMPATHY THROUGHOUT FRANCE.EACH DAY SUPPLIES OF FOOD AND WATER ARE SENT DOWN THE SHAFT.AT CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR THEIR CELEBRATIONS AT THE PIT BOTTOM RECEIVED NATIONAL PUBLICITY.

    NO SOLUTION TO THE DISPUTE IS IN SIGHT.THE COAL BOARD HAS REMAINED ADAMANT IN THE FACE OF PUBLIC OPINION.ALL THE MAYORS IN THE DEPARTMENT HAVE RESIGNED FROM OFFICE.OFFICIALS ON THE BOARD POINT OUT THAT MANY OF THE PITS HAVE BEEN OPERATING AT A LOSS FOR YEARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADO04UOKA8O66ADGYCDN97686
    Media URN:
    VLVADO04UOKA8O66ADGYCDN97686
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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