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    Strike-bound B.O.A.C., planes were filmed at London Airport, October 15, as talks which lasted ten-and-a-half?

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    "What have you been discussing...."

    ...a settlement to this disastrous problem.Thank you very much Mr. Matthews."


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    Background: Strike-bound B.O.A.C., planes were filmed at London Airport, October 15, as talks which lasted ten-and-a-half hours between B.O.A.C. and the unions ended inconclusively.

    Representative of B.E.A., as well as B.O.A.C., and 17 trade unions were at the talks. When the unions asked for the chairman of the two airlines to attend the demand was refused and the talks broke down.

    B.E.A. engineers were expected to join the 4,000 B.O.A.C., men who downed tools on Monday after they had claimed five men had been dismissed for refusing to work overtime. (The men had refused to work overtime in order to support a wage claim).

    B.O.A.C. denied that the men had been dismissed but by that time the strike was on.

    Latest from Jim Matthews, secretary on the union side, was: "I do not intend to lift one finger to obtain a resumption until the employers send representatives capable of carrying out negotiations as we understand them".

    And with that deadlock, the strike continues to cost the airline GBP100,000 a day, there is a danger of a complete shut down and the date of the first daily atlantic Comet 4 jet service has had to be postponed.

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