Copenhagen harbour, normally a hive of shipping activity, was idle Mar 11 after seamen and transport and metal workers came out on strike in protest against a new two-years collective wage agreement.
GV PAN Copenhagen harbour deserted
SCU Newspaper headlines referring to strike
GV Dock workers going on strike
LV Strikers leaving dock yard
GV Deserted harbour
GV PAN Ditto, showing bales of paper marked for 'Finland'.
GV PAN From drums of oil to idle cranes
GV Trawler in harbour
GV Idle ship
GV PAN Idle shipyard
GV PAN Shipyard to yacht
SV Dock workers fishing during strike
GV Idle dockside
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Background: Copenhagen harbour, normally a hive of shipping activity, was idle Mar 11 after seamen and transport and metal workers came out on strike in protest against a new two-years collective wage agreement.
As ninety-three per-cent of Danish imports and seventy per-cent of exports are sea-born, the seamen's strike will halt Denmark's overseas trade.
The new collective contract for Danish industry was announced by the Mediator of State just before Easter. Its compromise proposals call for a five-per-cent wage increases for all of the 750,000 members of the Danish Trades Union Confederation. The employers accept, but the boards of unions in the transport group directly advised their members to turn down the compromise.
As the strike continues, it is felt that other union groups will come out in sympathy. Danes fear that the strike will bring down the Socialist-Radical coalition Government led by Prime Minister Kampmann.