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    THE YEOMEN WARDERS - OR "BEEFEATERS" AS THEY GENERALLY KNOWN - AT THE TOWER OF LONDON HAVE DECIDED TO "WORK TO RULE" FROM SATURDAY UNLESS THE BRITISH WAR OFFICE (ARMY MINISTRY) AGREE TO PAY AN INCREASED ALLOWANCE.

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    Background: THE YEOMEN WARDERS - OR "BEEFEATERS" AS THEY GENERALLY KNOWN - AT THE TOWER OF LONDON HAVE DECIDED TO "WORK TO RULE" FROM SATURDAY UNLESS THE BRITISH WAR OFFICE (ARMY MINISTRY) AGREE TO PAY AN INCREASED ALLOWANCE.

    THERE ARE 38 BEEFEATERS AT THE TOWER OF LONDON WHO EARN ABOUT GBP11 FOR THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES, AND IN ADDITION THEY RECEIVE A WEEKLY ALLOWANCE OF 5S FROM THE WAR OFFICE FOR EXTRA DUTIES.

    THEY HAVE NOW ISSUED AN ULTIMATUM THAT UNLESS THEY ARE PAID IS 9D A DAY IN EXTRA ALLOWANCES, THEY WILL REFUSE TO TURN OUT FOR DUTY WHEN THE TOWER IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. THESE DUTIES INCLUDE NIGHT PATROLS TO PROTECT THE CROWN JEWELS, AND OPENING THE TOWER GATES TO LET IN FIREMEN OR POLICE IN EMERGENCIES.

    THEIR WORK TO RULE ULTIMATUM EXPIRES AT 5PM ON SATURDAY UNLESS THEY RECEIVE "TANGIBLE EVIDENCE OF PROGRESS".

    THE YEOMEN WERE FORMED AS A BODY OF FOOT GUARDS IN THE REIGN OF KING HENRY VII (1457-1509) FOR HIS PERSONAL PROTECTION. THEY STILL WEAR THE DRESS AND UNIFORM OF THE TUDOR PERIOD BUT ARE MAINTAINED ONLY FOR FORMAL STATE CEREMONIES, AND AS GUIDES IN CHARGE OF THE TOWER OF LONDON.

    ALL OF THEM ARE RETIRED SOLDIERS WITH LONG SERVICE AND EXEMPLARY CONDUCT. HOWEVER, MOST OF THEM ARE ALSO TRADE UNIONISTS, BEING MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL SERVICE UNION.

    ANY "WORK TO RULE" WILL NOT APPLY TO FUNCTIONS IN WHICH MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY ARE INVOLVED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6HATXEZR4AT9RKG3UZ1GGAB5M
    Media URN:
    VLVA6HATXEZR4AT9RKG3UZ1GGAB5M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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