• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF LETTERS PILING UP IN SORTING OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND A BAN ON PARCELS IN AND OUT OF LONDON - THAT WAS THE POSITION ON JANUARY 11TH AS THE WORK-TO-RULE CAMPAIGN OF BRITAIN'S UNION OF POST OFFICE WORKERS ENTERED ITS ELEVENTH DAY.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF LETTERS PILING UP IN SORTING OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND A BAN ON PARCELS IN AND OUT OF LONDON - THAT WAS THE POSITION ON JANUARY 11TH AS THE WORK-TO-RULE CAMPAIGN OF BRITAIN'S UNION OF POST OFFICE WORKERS ENTERED ITS ELEVENTH DAY.THE DAY ENDED WITH THE SUSPENSION OF A "PIRATE POST" ORGANISED BY THE PEOPLE'S LEAGUE FOR THE DEFENSE OF FREEDOM, FOLLOWING A WARNING BY THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL, MR REGINALD BEVINS, THAT THEIR SERVICE WAS ILLEGAL, AND A SURPRISE PEACE-MOVE OFFER BY POSTMEN'S LEADER, MR RON SMITH.

    THE "URGENT MAIL" SERVICE RUN BY THE PEOPLE'S LEAGUE WAS CLOSED DOWN A FEW HOURS AFTER IT OPENED, AFTER MR EDWARD MARTELL, THE LEAGUE CHAIRMAN, HAD BEEN WARNED THAT THE HANDLING OF LETTERS WAS ILLEGAL UNDER THE POST OFFICE ACT OF 1953 WITHOUT THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S AUTHORITY.BUT ALREADY SOME HUNDRED LETTERS AND SMALL PACKETS HAD BEEN HANDED IN.AN APPLICATION HAD BEEN SENT TO MR BEVINS FOR PERMISSION TO OPERATE THE SERVICE, BUT ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY 11TH A LETTER "BY HAND" ARRIVED AT THE LEAGUE'S "POST OFFICE" IN BAKER STREET, LONDON, CONTAINING THE WARNING.THE "POST OFFICE," A GREY-PAINTED ROOM WITH ITS WALLS LINED WITH RACKS FOR LETTERS, OPENED AT SEVEN A.M.MR MARTELL SAID THAT AS THE POST OFFICE MONOPOLY DID NOT EXTEND TO PARCELS, THE LEAGUE INTENDED TO OPEN A PARCELS DELIVERY SERVICE ON JANUARY 15TH.CENTRES WOULD BE OPENED IN FIVE CITIES TO HANDLE THE PARCELS, HE SAID.

    AT MOUNT PLEASANT, LONDON'S MAIN SORTING OFFICE, THE BACK-LOG OF LETTERS REMAINED ON JANUARY 11TH, AND PARCELS ARRIVED IN A TRICKLE.THESE WERE PARCELS ACCEPTED FOR DELIVERY ABROAD AND FOR THE FORCES, PLUS PARCELS COMING INTO A SPECIAL CATEGORY, SUCH AS "ARTICLES FOR THE BLIND." THE LONDON PARCELS BAN WAS ORDERED SO THAT STAFF COULD BE RELEASED TO HELP MOVE THE THOUSANDS OF DELAYED LETTERS.THE RESULT - AN UNFAMILIAR SCENE - ROWS OF EMPTY PARCELS BASKETS."PEACE OFFER" CONDITIONS PRESENTED BY UNION GENERAL-SECRETARY, MR SMITH, ARE THAT MR BEVINS EITHER NAMES AN EARLY DATE ON WHICH PAY NEGOTIATIONS CAN BEGIN OR AGREES TO REFER THE DISPUTE TO "UNFETTERED ARBITRATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE8IXNZF163YV1PRGMEQZ9ZHKF
    Media URN:
    VLVAE8IXNZF163YV1PRGMEQZ9ZHKF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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