• Short Summary

    Antagonism between Japan's conservative government and the powerful leftwing Council of Public Employees (Korokoyo) deepened on Monday (1 December) after Prime Minister Takeo Miki deferred a decision on whether to give them the legal right to strike, withdrawn 27 years ago.

  • Description

    Antagonism between Japan's conservative government and the powerful leftwing Council of Public Employees (Korokoyo) deepened on Monday (1 December) after Prime Minister Takeo Miki deferred a decision on whether to give them the legal right to strike, withdrawn 27 years ago.

    The Prime Minister told a news conference the government could not capitulate in the face of an illegal strike by transport workers already in its sixth day.

    Minutes afterwards, the 860 thousand strong Council announced it would continue the stoppage for another four days.

    Virtually the whole population of Japan is estimated to have been hit by the nationwide strike by two militant unions of the national railways.

    As the Prime Minister held his news conference, about five thousand union members demonstrated outside his house in support of the strike.

    Private railways, buses and the underground in Tokyo were packed from early morning as commuters struggled to and from work.

    There were huge queues for private railway trains in the rush hour and at least 20 people were injured at stations or in trains jammed to three times their normal capacity. It took some people five hours to get to work.

    Deferring the decision whether to grant public workers the right to strike, Prime Minister Miki said it was necessary to keep a balance between the basic right of labour, guaranteed by the constitution, and the public interest.

    He promised that the government would review the laws banning strikes by public employees and draw a conclusion from a thorough study of them as soon as possible.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEYX81EXMQHKPDJ2SRD2W22WUE
    Media URN:
    VLVAEYX81EXMQHKPDJ2SRD2W22WUE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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