Leaders of 125,000 electric power workers rebuffed a Government bid to bring their crippling go-slow to an end on Wednesday evening (9 December), as Britain adjusted to the consequences of their three-day-old pay dispute.
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Background: Leaders of 125,000 electric power workers rebuffed a Government bid to bring their crippling go-slow to an end on Wednesday evening (9 December), as Britain adjusted to the consequences of their three-day-old pay dispute.
Among those affected by the power-cuts were motorists without traffic-lights, businessmen, hospital patients, commuters, the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, and Members of both Houses of Parliament, forced to conduct their business by candlelight.
The power workers on Wednesday (9 December) rejected a plea from Employment Minister Robert Carr that they submit their claims for higher pay to an independent arbitration board.
Their spokesman said they rejected Mr. Carr's plea because they felt the arbitration would be prejudiced from the start because of the Government's attitude to the wages situation.
The Government has backed the nationalised industry which employs the power workers in offering the workers a rise of two pounds sterling per week, while the men are seeking six pounds a week to bring their pay to 30 pounds sterling weekly.
Tens of thousands of Britons were late for work in Britain on Wednesday, the third day of the strike, when traffic lights and rail signal lights were turned off. London's centre was not its usual blaze of Christmas lights, and freezing fog added to the hazards to traffic.
Ordinary citizens reacted to the crisis in enterprising ways. Some business machinery was operated by hand, and some shops managed to keep their lights going with their own generators. There was of course a massive run on candles.
There were some comic scenes among Christmas shoppers in the centre of London, with business going on as usual very often by candle-light.
Hospitals were badly hit by the power-cuts. Patients using Kidney-machines and other complicated electrical machinery were at risk and many hospitals cancelled operations. Nurses did their best to look after patients despite interrupted heating and lighting.
Ice-cream vans were used at one hospital in London to supply power for medical apparatus, and other emergency generators have been called in.