International traffic was paralysed and thousands of passengers stranded at London's Heathrow airport as a strike by ground staff entered its third day today (Wednesday, 3 November).
GV ZOOM OUT TO LV empty cargo trucks (2 shots)
GV PAN empty cargo buildings
GV Aircraft lined up on tarmac(BEA)
GV & SV's empty terminal building with cancellation notice(3 shots)
MV Passengers queueing up at alloted checkpoint
GV Empty BEA jesks
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TV Passengers queueing
SV TRAVEL SHOT PAN passengers seated in departure lounge
STV Passengers queueing at KLM desk
SV ZOOM OUT TO STV passengers pushing own luggage towards aircraft
GV BOAC aircraft landing PAN TO passengers boarding Portuguese aircraft
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Background: International traffic was paralysed and thousands of passengers stranded at London's Heathrow airport as a strike by ground staff entered its third day today (Wednesday, 3 November).
Despite a warning that their jobs were in jeopardy, the 9,000 strikers voted at a mass meeting to continue the stoppage. They were acting on fears that the introduction of a Canadian company to do handling work might bring redundancy.
Meanwhile, Heathrow's departure lounges have been cluttered with frustrated travellers and disorganised baggage. British European Airways (BEA) today arranged to send out 10 empty planes from Heathrow to pick up some of the thousands of passengers stranded at airports in Europe and fly them back to Britain's other airports.
SYNOPSIS: Empty cargo trucks at London's Heathrow Airport - one of the results of a paralysing strike by ground staff which today (Wednesday) entered its third day. Some 9,000 men - including porters, loaders and drivers have downed tools.
Despite the standstill, British European Airways (BEA) arranged to send out 10 planes to pick up some of the thousands of passengers stranded in Europe. They will be flown back to other British airports.
Passengers at Heathrow had to make the best of it after strikers voted today at a mass meeting to continue the stoppage. They are protesting against the introduction of a Canadian company to do handling work. This, they fear, might mean redundancy.
Meanwhile Heathrow's departure lounges were cluttered with frustrated travellers. And although the strike call was ignored by hundreds of airline girls - because it is not backed by the Unions - passengers faced a hard day's queuing.
With luggage too, they had to do it themselves. And tomorrow they might be confronted with similar problems...with deadlock between strikers and management. Tonight the British Airport Authorities (BAA) said they would consider all those absent without permission since the strike began as acting out a breach of contract.