Effects of the ten-day old British dock strike are now beginning to be felt with sharp increases in some food prices and decisive action being taken by dockers to stop the food-running exploits of fishermen operating from Northern Ireland.
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Background: Effects of the ten-day old British dock strike are now beginning to be felt with sharp increases in some food prices and decisive action being taken by dockers to stop the food-running exploits of fishermen operating from Northern Ireland.
Police have been called in to guard the small fishing ports at after dockers retaliated to the strike-breaking on Thursday (July 23) be seizing food cargoes and throwing them into the sea.
At one of the tiny ports, Portavogie, there was fierce fight between dockers from Belfast and local fishermen, who have been transporting cargoes of Ulster bacon and eggs across the narrow straits which separate Ireland from Scotland.
The small farmers of Northern Ireland send almost all of their bacon, eggs chickens to British markets, but with the dock strike their source of income has virtually vanished.
The fishermen came to their aid and for days openly ferried the produce. But when the dockers protested they began sneaking across the water at night.
Despite the closure of nearly all Britain's cargo sea-links, the Government has been reluctant to use troops for unloading cargo, although Queen Elizabeth signed a proclamation some days ago giving the Government her authority to do so.
The position between dockers and employers has, however, remained at deadlock despite pleas that the dockers should at least unload perishable cargoes lying in the holds of dockside vessels.
If troops are called in to handle these cargoes there have been intimations t hat members of other unions who transport the goods to market, would refuse to do so.
But though there have been assurances of ample stocks of foodstuffs in Britain, there are already shortages of specific foods, particularly meat and fruit.
The Ministry of Agriculture has said there is no need to control prices at the moment, but British housewives are faced with rising prices as wholesale market quotations for fruit and meat leap sharply.