A prolonged strike by iron workers in Montreal, Canada, has brought construction work at the site of the 1976 Olympic Games to a standstill--and poses the possibilities of either a new locale for the Games or even their outright cancellation.
GV ZOOM OUT TO LV Olympic site
GV & SV Velodrome (2 shots)
GV Snow-covered site (3 shots)
CU Cournoyer at Cabinet meeting
GV Olympic head-quarters and flag (2 shots)
SV INT Olympic organisers (3 shots)
GV Olympic site
GV PAN ACROSS Model of finished site
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Background: A prolonged strike by iron workers in Montreal, Canada, has brought construction work at the site of the 1976 Olympic Games to a standstill--and poses the possibilities of either a new locale for the Games or even their outright cancellation.
In spite of pleas and warnings by Montreal and Quebec provincial officials, members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental already has gone on since November 27. The workers--who install steel re-enforcing rods in concrete--are demanding higher pay, and no structural work at the Olympic site can be done until they return.
Quebec's Labour Minister, Jean Cournoyer, has warned that the Summer Games will be seriously curtailed, shifted to another country or even cancelled unless the strike is ended by next week. Mr. Cournoyer discussed the dispute with other members of the Quebec Cabinet on Tuesday (7 January), and a special committee of the Quebec National Assembly is scheduled to hear representatives of both the strikers and their employers next Tuesday (14 January). Mr. Cournoyer? already has indicated that he would be prepared to use recently-passed emergency legislative powers to impose the pay increase sought by the strikers.
Meanwhile, the snowbound Olympic site remains deserted except for tourists, with work less than half completed on the $380,000 million (GBP165 million) main stadium, which was designed to seat 70,000, the swimming pool, the cycling velodrome and the athletes' village.
The International Olympic Committee --based in Lausanne, Switzerland -- has warned that Montreal cannot expect to be the host city for the 1976 Summer Olympics unless the full facilities are completed on schedule. But a committee spokesman said on Friday (10 January) that it was still premature to speak of moving the Games to Munich, West Germany--the site of the 1972 Summer Games--in spite of reports in the West German press that such a contingency plan was already being prepared.
This film is serviced with a commentary by CBC reporter Elly Alboim, which is for use. A transcript appears overleaf.