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    Portugal's strike-bound Civil Airline T.A.P. was placed under military control on Wednesday (28th August).

    Announcing the?

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    LV PAN ACROSS aircraft arriving Lisbon airport
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    LV Passengers leaving aircraft PAN TO stationary aircraft ZOOM BACK TO airport perimeter fence
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    LV Stationary aircraft
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    Background: Portugal's strike-bound Civil Airline T.A.P. was placed under military control on Wednesday (28th August).

    Announcing the decision, Information Minister Major Jose Sanches Osorio said the Government considered the functioning of the airline to be "indispensable to the national economy and to the regular return of Portuguese forces from Guinea-Bissau." The Government, he said, had therefore ordered that T.A.P. should be given a "military framework" and be subject to military discipline and law.

    Scheduled T.A.P. flights remained grounded for the third day on Thursday (29th August). The stoppage has been caused by maintenance staff who are demanding more pay and a purge of the management.

    The Government has estimated that Portugal is losing one million escudos (about GBP 16,000) an hour in the strike.

    On Wednesday (28th August) some 3,000 workers met at Lisbon airport to discuss the government order making the airline subject to military discipline. It has been interpreted in some quarters as meaning the strikers could be called up for military service in order to compel their return to work. While the workers were meeting, troops armed with machine-guns took up positions around the airport buildings at Lisbon and patrolled the tarmac where the planes are parked. Soldiers checked cars and prevented newsmen from going inside to speak to the striking workers.

    The Portuguese troops in Guinea-Bissau have been returning home under an agreement signed in Algiers on Monday (26th August) in which Portugal undertook to recognise Guinea-Bissau's independence on September 10th. The troops' flights have not been affected by the strike.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3MIZCSSC9ZQ1C5W5VJD0KAWPH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3MIZCSSC9ZQ1C5W5VJD0KAWPH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
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