About 80,000 United States coal-miners went on strike on Friday (October 1) and virtually shut down soft-coal production throughout the country.
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Background: About 80,000 United States coal-miners went on strike on Friday (October 1) and virtually shut down soft-coal production throughout the country. They are demanding a massive 13-dollar a day increase in wages before continuing work. This settlement would bring their basic wage to 50 dollars a day, and they also want increased management contributions towards pension funds.
SYNOPSIS: About 80,000 coal-miners in the United States went on strike on Friday, virtually shutting down the production of soft coal throughout the country. They are demanding a massive wages increase--13 dollars a day more, bringing the wages level to 50 dollars a day. They also want increased management contributions to pension funds.
The miners themselves were not surprised at having to walk out of their jobs--a new contract for them is being drawn up in negotiations between management and their union, and a strike to back demands was fully expected. Uncertainty about President Nixon's wages and prices freeze has confused the situation, however, but the miners expect to be back at work within six weeks. This, they say, is when the country's power stations will run out of coal--and when the management will have to give in to demands.