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    BRITAIN'S WORSENING INDUSTRIAL TROUBLES TODAY (WEDNESDAY) LED TO AN URGENT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND SEVERAL OF HIS MINISTERS, AND AN ACCUSATION BY THE MINISTER OF LABOUR THAT INDUSTRIAL FERMENT WAS BEING CREATED BY COMMUNISTS IN AN EFFORT TO DESTROY BRITAIN'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

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    IDLE SHIPS AND CARGO; DOCKERS AT LIVERPOOL; MR GUNTER SPEAKING; MINISTER ARRIVING AT NUMBER TEN DOWNING STREET; MR. GOLLAN OF COMMUNIST PARTY DENYING ACCUSATION.



    TRANSCRIPT: GUNTER: "THERE IS A VICIOUSNESS ABROAD, THERE IS A VICIOUSNESS ABOUT SOME OF THE THUGS MOST ACTIVE IN LEADING UNOFFICIAL ACTION BUT IS COMPLETELY ALIEN FOR THE TRADITION OF THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT. THE THREATS OF VIOLENCE TO MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IS ABHORANT, THOSE WHO HAVE PRIDE IN THE PAST AND HOPE IN THE FUTURE. IF IT IS TO BE THAT MEMBERS WILL NOT LOYALY ACCEPT DECISIONS AND AGREEMENTS FREELY ENTERED INTO; IF THE GAP IS SO GREAT BETWEEN MEMBERS AND LEADERSHIP THAT ANARCHY IS LET LOOSE, THEN OF COURSE SOMEONE IN THE END MUST BRING ORDER."



    GOLLAN: "AND IT IS THE GOVERNMENT AND MR WILSON NOT THE COMMUNIST PARTY WHO ARE DISRUPTING THE ECONOMY TODAY. AND ITS OUR BELIEF THAT THE MINISTER OF LABOUR IS INVENTING NON EXISTENT PLOTS IN ORDER TO TAKE PUNITIVE ACTION AGAINST THE TRADE UNION MOVEMENT AS SUCH."




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    Background: BRITAIN'S WORSENING INDUSTRIAL TROUBLES TODAY (WEDNESDAY) LED TO AN URGENT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND SEVERAL OF HIS MINISTERS, AND AN ACCUSATION BY THE MINISTER OF LABOUR THAT INDUSTRIAL FERMENT WAS BEING CREATED BY COMMUNISTS IN AN EFFORT TO DESTROY BRITAIN'S ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

    MR GUNTER, THE LABOUR MINISTER, IN A DIRECT ACCUSATION IN A SPEECH AT GILLINGHAM, IN KENT, SAID THERE WAS LITTLE DOUBT THAT THE COMMUNIST PARTY WAS PLOTTING TO CREATE IN BRITAIN A WINTER OF INDUSTRIAL DISRUPTION. THE COMMUNIST PARTY LATER CATEGORICALLY DENIED THE ACCUSATION, THROUGH ITS SECRETARY, MR JOHN GOLLAN.

    INDUSTRIAL TROUBLES HAVE THIS WEEK COME TO A HEAD, WITH DOCKS IDLE WHILE DOCK WORKERS DISPUTE A NEW WORKING AGREEMENT; RAILWAY WORKERS HAVE REFUSED A PAY SETTLEMENT; BUILDING WORKERS ON A SITE IN LONDON FOUGHT WITH POLICE WHEN AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO BREAK A YEAR-OLD STRIKE; AND OTHER INDUSTRIES SUFFER A MALAISE CAUSED BY INDUSTRIAL DISCONTENT.

    THE PRIME MINISTER, MR WILSON, HELD AN URGENT MEETING AT HIS RESIDENCE WITH MINISTERS AND TRADE UNION LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE DOCKERS DISPUTE, WHICH IS DELAYING THE EXPORT OF MILLIONS OF POUNDS STERLING WORTH OF GOODS, AND THREATENING BRITAIN'S FINELY BALANCED RESERVES.

    NINE THOUSAND DOCKERS ON THE MERSEY - EFFECTING THE BUSY PORTS OF LIVERPOOL AND MANCHESTER - HAVE BEEN ON STRIKE FOR THREE WEEKS. THE STRIKE ALSO AFFECTS SEVERAL HUNDRED DOCK WORKERS IN THE POOL OF LONDON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAACLD3U00V8VDTMAWM31WUD6K5
    Media URN:
    VLVAACLD3U00V8VDTMAWM31WUD6K5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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