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    THE STRIKE BY BRITISH SEAMEN ENTERED ITS SECOND DAY TODAY WITH A CALL BY THE BRITISH MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE MR.

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    IDLE SHIPS IN VARIUOS PORTS; MARKET SCENES.




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    Background: THE STRIKE BY BRITISH SEAMEN ENTERED ITS SECOND DAY TODAY WITH A CALL BY THE BRITISH MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE MR. PEART, TO HOUSEWIVES NOT TO BE HELD TO RANSOM OVER FOOD PRICES.

    MARKET PRICES FOR SOME FOOD LINES, MAINLY IMPORTED FRUIT AND POTATOES, ROSE TODAY, DESPITE A CALL YESTERDAY BY THE PRIME MINISTER TO RETAILERS NOT TO INCREASE PRICES UNLESS THEY WERE REALLY MADE NECESSARY BY THE STRIKE.

    RETAIL TRADERS, WHO MET MR. PEART TODAY, SAID A LOT OF REPORTED PRICE RISES HAD BEEN EXAGGERATED.

    AT THE LATEST COUNT TONIGHT MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED SHIPS AND TEN THOUSAND SEAMEN HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE IDLE BY THE STOPPAGE. MANY OF THE AFFECTED VESSELS ARE THOSE ON COASTAL RUNS BETWEEN BRITISH PORTS.

    WITHIN BRITAIN THE AREA MOST AFFECTED BY THE STRIKE SO FAR HAS BEEN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS. FRENCH AND GERMAN VESSELS ARE BEING EMPLOYED TO TAKE OUT NEWLY HARVESTED TOMATOES AND POTATOES.

    IN LIVERPOOL FORTY ONE SHIPS ARE TIED UP BY THE STRIKE. THROUGHOUT TODAY PICKETS HAVE BEEN AT THE DOCKS URGING SUPPORT FOR THE STRIKE.

    THE CANADIAN PACIFIC LINER 'EMPRESS OF ENGLAND', DUE TO SAIL THIS WEEK FOR MONTREAL, IS AMONG THOSE TIED UP. PASSENGERS DUE TO HAVE SAILED ON THIS WEEK'S VOYAGE ARE BEING FLOWN TO CANADA.

    IN SCOTLAND FIFTY FIVE VESSELS ARE IDLE MAINLY COLLIERS AND SHIPS PLAYING BETWEEN THE MAINLAND AND THE NORTHERN ISLANDS. ONE VESSEL WAS LOADED TODAY WITH SUPPLIES AND MAIL FOR THE ISLANDS, NORMALLY CARRIED BY VESSELS NOW AFFECTED BY THE STOPPAGE.

    IT IS NOW EXPECTED IT WILL BE A WEEK BEFORE ANY MOVES TO SETTLE THE STRIKE WILL HAVE ANY EFFECT.

    THE PORT OF LONDON IS PREPARED FOR THE INITIAL CONGESTION LIKELY TO BE FELT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. SHIPS WILL BE DIRECTED TO WHAT BERTHS ARE AVAILABLE AS THEY ARRIVE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA70A4D1VDJL1HKN2RM1DCPYUJ9
    Media URN:
    VLVA70A4D1VDJL1HKN2RM1DCPYUJ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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