• Short Summary

    FILM FROM THE INDUSTRIAL TOWNS OF OLDENZAAL AND ENSCHEDE IN EASTERN HOLLAND, SEPT 7, SHOWS ITALIAN AND SPANISH WORKERS WHO ARE THREATENING TO GIVE UP EMPLOYMENT IN TEXTILE AND OTHER FACTORIES BECAUSE OF FRICTION WITH THE LOCAL POPULATION.

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    FILM FROM THE INDUSTRIAL TOWNS OF OLDENZAAL AND ENSCHEDE IN EASTERN HOLLAND, SEPT 7, SHOWS ITALIAN AND SPANISH WORKERS WHO ARE THREATENING TO GIVE UP EMPLOYMENT IN TEXTILE AND OTHER FACTORIES BECAUSE OF FRICTION WITH THE LOCAL POPULATION.

    LIKE SO MANY DUTCH PEOPLE THEY GO TO WORK ON BICYCLES - BUT BICYCLES WITH A DIFFERENCE. PENNANTS AND GAILY COLOURED LABELS STRIKE A NOTE OF SOUTHERN GAIETY IN THIS NORTHERN CLIMATE. THE ITALIANS AND SPANIARDS CONGREGATE AT INTERNATIONAL CLUBS, WHERE THEY HOLD EXCITED CONVERSATIONS WITH MUCH GESTICULATION AND PORE OVER NEWSPAPERS SENT TO THEM BY THEIR RELATIVES AT HOME.

    THEY ARE DIFFERENT AND THEIR DIFFERENCE HAS BEEN RESENTED. AMONG THE CAUSES OF FRICTION HAVE BEEN THE MANY FRIENDSHIPS FORMED BETWEEN FOREIGN WORKERS AND DUTCH GIRLS, WHICH LED TO FIGHTS WITH LOCAL YOUTHS. ITALIAN FEELINGS HAVE BEEN HURT BY "ITALIANS NOT ADMITTED" NOTICES DISPLAYED BY A NUMBER OF DANCE HALLS AND CAFES. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, SPANIARDS ARE FREQUENTLY MISTAKEN FOR ITALIANS AND TREATED ACCORDINGLY.

    ALL THIS HAS RESULTED IN A GROWING FEELING OF UNEASINESS AMONG THE FOREIGNERS WHO WERE SAID TO BE CONSIDERING A MASS RETURN TO THEIR COUNTRIES. IN SOME PLACES THEY REFUSED TO CARRY ON WORKING UNDER THE PREVAILING CONDITIONS.

    LOCAL FACTORY MANAGERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO ENSURE A SETTLEMENT OF GRIEVANCES SINCE THEY ARE FACED WITH A CRITICAL SITUATION. HOLLAND IS DESPERATELY IN NEED OF MANPOWER AND DUTCH FIRMS ARE RECRUITING AS MUCH FOREIGN LABOUR AS THEY CAN GET.

    LATEST REPORTS SAY THAT THE ITALIANS, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THEIR COUNTRY'S DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIVE, HAVE AGREED TO TRANSFER TO WESTERN HOLLAND INSTEAD OF LEAVING THE COUNTRY ALTOGETHER. THE SPANIARDS ARE REPORTED TO BE STILL UNDECIDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEDFRNCFLVN4AZEHDIYQ1MZH8U
    Media URN:
    VLVAEDFRNCFLVN4AZEHDIYQ1MZH8U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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