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British Dock Strike #21632

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 25, 1972
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(Studio) British P. Minister Edward Heath tells Parliament 80,000 British workers are off job in industry strike. Refuses to intervene in court case which caused situation: arrest of 5 union officials.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(London, England) Friday, 5 leaders of illegally striking dock workers jailed for contempt of court They were protesting shrinking number jobs on British docks because of containerization. Within hrs. of arrests, all British ports shut down. Electricians, newspapers strike in sympathy. 10,000 union men march to prison where their heroes are behind bars. Dockers lead battle against Labor Relations Law (similar to Taft-Hartley Act). Along rte., marchers urge construction workers to join them. Thousands of others vote to strike: miners, airport workers, bus drivers. At prison, some demonstrators clash with police.
REPORTER: Don Farmer

Reporter(s):
Farmer, Don;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:02:20

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