• Short Summary

    SIXTY THOUSAND DOCKERS HAVE GONE ON STRIKE IN THE UNITED STATES BRINGING THE PORT OF NEW YORK AND OTHERS FROM MAINE TO TEXAS TO A COMPLETE STANDSTILL.

  • Description

    1.
    LV & CU..SHIP MOORED AT DOCKSIDE
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    2.
    SV PICKETS WALKING DOCK AREA
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    3.
    SV SIGN "NORWEGIAN AMERICAN LINE" TILT DOWN TO PICKETS WITH PLACARDS
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    4.
    GV DESERTED PARKING AREA
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    5.
    CU TILT DOWN, SIGN "TRUCK EXIT" UP TO SIGN ON PAVEMENT
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    6.
    SV PASSENGERS FROM "UNITED STATES" CARRY OWN BAGGAGE
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    7.
    LV & CU..PASSENGERS PUSH LUGGAGE ON TRUCKS (3 SHOTS)
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    8.
    LV CUSTOMS SEARCHING LUGGAGE
    0.55

    9.
    LV PEOPLE AND LUGGAGE WITH CUSTOMS OFFICIALS
    1.00

    10.
    SV LUGGAGE ON TROLLEY
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    11.
    CU PEOPLE WALK PAST CARRYING LUGGAGE
    1.11



    Initials DE/N/JH/JM DE/N/JH/ES



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SIXTY THOUSAND DOCKERS HAVE GONE ON STRIKE IN THE UNITED STATES BRINGING THE PORT OF NEW YORK AND OTHERS FROM MAINE TO TEXAS TO A COMPLETE STANDSTILL. THE STRIKE BEGAN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AND ARISES FROM A MISUNDERSTANDING BETWEEN UNION OFFICIALS AND THE MEN THEY REPRESENT.

    THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN'S ASSOCIATION (I.L.A.) CALLED THE STRIKE AFTER MEMBERS HAD REJECTED, BY A NARROW VOTE, A NEW LABOUR CONTRACT WHICH UNION OFFICIALS BELIEVED TO BE ONE OF THE BEST THEY HAD EVER NEGOTIATED. THE CONTRACT GUARANTEED DOCKERS A MINIMUM OF 1,600 HOURS OF WORK A YEAR AS WELL AS A FOURTH WEEK OF VACATION.

    IT ALSO PROMISED ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL BENEFITS WITH AN INCREASE IN PAY OF ABOUT 80 CENTS AN HOUR (5/8 1/2 STERLING) OVER FOUR YEARS, AND AN INCREASE IN PENSIONS FROM 100 DOLLARS (GBP35-14-3 STERLING) TO 175 DOLLARS (GBP62-10-0 STERLING) A MONTH.

    THE UNION IN RETURN FOR THESE BENEFITS MADE ONE CONCESSION - THAT THE SIZE OF THE WORK GANGS BE REDUCED FROM TWENTY MEN TO SEVENTEEN. THIS PROVED THE STUMBLING BLOCK - FOR THE DOCKERS FEARED THAT IT WOULD LEAD TO REDUNDANCY. WHEN THE NEW YORK DOCKERS WERE CALLED TO VOTE UPON THE NEW CONTRACT, 8722 WERE AGAINST IT, AND 7957 FOR IT.

    DURING THE WEEKEND ALL PASSENGER LINERS BERTHED IN NEW YORK SAILED TO AVOID BEING DELAYED BY THE STRIKE. BUT THIRTY OVERSEAS FREIGHTERS WERE IDLE THERE YESTERDAY. MORE THAN A THOUSAND PASSENGERS ARRIVED IN NEW YORK LAST NIGHT ON THE LUXURY LINER "UNITED STATEs". THEY FOUND THE WHARVES DESERTED AND HAD TO SHEPHERD THEIR OWN BAGGAGE THROUGH THE CUSTOMS.

    BECAUSE OF THE UNION TRADITION THAT, IF ONE BRANCH STRIKES, ALL WILL FOLLOW SUIT, MOST PORTS ON THE UNITED STATES EAST COAST WERE IDLE YESTERDAY. THE REMAINDER CAME TO A STANDSTILL TODAY. IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT THE STRIKE IS COSTING THE UNITED STATES 25 MILLION DOLLARS (GBP9 MILLION STERLING) A DAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADOPQ8KIN8IK7JX1RFEZ9S56PM
    Media URN:
    VLVADOPQ8KIN8IK7JX1RFEZ9S56PM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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