In the United Kingdom there has been more violence at the Grunwick film processing factory in Willesden, London.
In the United Kingdom there has been more violence at the Grunwick film processing factory in Willesden, London. On Thursday (23 June) an estimated 1,500 pickets turned up at the factory gates -- accelerating the confrontation with police that has been going on for two weeks.
Over 200 people, including left-wing Member of Parliament Mrs. Audrey Wise, have been arrested during the last two weeks of the 10 month-old Grunwick dispute. Mr. Arthur Latham, another let-wing M.P. who joined the pickets on Thursday, told newsmen "the police appear to be taking leave of their senses". In moves to try to defuse the situation, which is developing into a rallying point for the British left, Employment Secretary Albert Booth is planning to visit the factory to talk to the Managing Director, George Ward. Mr. Roy Grantham, General Secretary of APEX, is planning to go to Scotland Yard for talks with police, who have been accused of brutality against the pickets.
SYNOPSIS:The Grunwick dispute centres around the refusal of the management to recognise the clerical union APEX and the fact that about 130 members of the Grunwick staff are still going to work, despite a strike call. However, much wider ramifications are now involved, with the dispute fast becoming a battle between the political right and left.
The police are caught in the middle. In defending the right of non-union workers to enter the factory they have been facing the wrath of the pickets.
SCARGILL: "I want to warn them that we are equally determined that they will not inflict any deceit upon a section of our movement and if necessary we will ensure that this picket line grows to suit the proportions in order to bring about a successful conclusion....(cheers and clapping)"
Militant Yorkshire miners' leader Arthur Scargill expressing his union's solidarity with the Grunwick strikers. He led a group of miners who travelled from the north of England to join the pickets on Thursday--and was later arrested after a three-minute struggle with five policemen who were trying to drag him into a police van.
As the confrontation intensified Police Constable Trevor Wilson, aged 29, was hit on the head by a bottle and felled to the ground. He lay for several minutes with blood pouring from a deep wound and during that time eyewitnesses say that a man kicked him. Eventually P.C. Wilson was rushed to hospital and is reported to be seriously ill.