Unofficial strike of Liverpool dockers does not get Labour approval.
Liverpool, Merseyside and London.
GV. Pan up, strikers marching through streets on way to meeting. SV. Dockers marching past camera. One holding poster 'Deakin Sells Out we Walk Out'. Back view of strikers marching, pan to general view of strikers marching through streets. LV. Police assembly outside dock gates. Angle shot, bow of ship, pan down to long shot of ships idle. LV. Ship at quayside. SV. Few dockers unloading cargo from ship. SV. Man at winch. SV. Cargo dropping down onto truck. SV. Cargo on truck driving away up quayside. SV. Arthur Deakin speaking. CU. Deakin speaking. SV. Deakin speaking.
Several shots (some good C/U) of General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, Mr Arthur Deakin speaking in Transport House, London (natural sound): 'The unofficial dockers strike is due to the reckless agitation of a group of saboteurs calling themselves the National Port Workers Committee.' CU. 'The ten people causing the stoppage have no sense of responsibility. They are just a bunch of gamblers ready to mislead, then running away from the consequences of their action.' SV. 'I repeat there is no justification for the stoppage or for a continuance of it.'
GV. Pan, dockers at mass meeting. CU. Man. CU. Man. CU. Another man. Angle shot, Councillor Chris Kelly - two shots. GV. Pan, dockers showing vote of hands. SV. Dockers holding posters. SV. Group of women, one holding child. SV. Woman and baby looking glum. Angle shot, dockers walking towards camera. GV. & LV. Idle ships at quayside. LV. & SV. Idle dockers assembled together at street corner. SV. Police guarding entrance to dock gates. SV. Crates stacked up in warehouse waiting to be exported. CU. Crate 'Made in England' to be shipped to San Diego. SV. Pan down stacks of Sunlight Soap waiting to be moved. SV. Pan, large crates. GV. Idle docks. Voiceover concludes 'Standstill at the docks could bring Britain to her knees. And that is what Communism wants'.