Over 3,000 Danish postmen returned to work Sept 14, after a two-day strike which left the Danish postal service in complete chaos.
MV Girl tries to post mail at very full mailbox
CU Jammed mailbox
MV Youth by jammed mailbox
CU Hands trying to insert letters into another box
GV Girl tries another jammed box
CV Boy drops letters
SV Post office workers with leaded mail trolleys
MV Post office man with stack of mail
MV Man throws another sackfull on heap
MV Sorter empties sack of mail onto floor
CV PAN..From letters in sorting cages to heap on floor
MV Sorting the letters
HIGH ANGLE..big queue outside main office
SV People admitted one at a time
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Background: Over 3,000 Danish postmen returned to work Sept 14, after a two-day strike which left the Danish postal service in complete chaos. The dispute started over the amount of money they should receive for overtime. About 80 postmen at Copenhagen's central post office, refused to work overtime until the matter was settled. A pay agreement was reached but the postal officials stated they would take action against the 80 postmen. In protest against this 3,000 postmen walked out on strike, Sept 12.
In Copenhagen, letters and parcels started piling up in the city's post offices. Some of the mail was cleared by telephoning the large business houses and asking them to collect their mail. The strike hit people in the rural areas who were unable to come to town for their mail. It was the first strike in a public service in the history of Denmark. Soon the country postmen walked out on strike and the postal service came to a halt.
A meeting between the postal officials and the strikers took place on Aug 14, and the officials agreed to allow the 80 postal workers to return to their rounds without any further action. The same day all the strikers returned to work.