Britain's docks and motor industry were seriously disrupted today (Tuesday) as militant workers marched in protest against the Government's Industrial Relations Bill, designed to curb wildcat strikes.
GV PAN Dock showing idle cranes (2 shots)
SV Marchers in Liverpool with banners (3 shots)
TV Marchers in Coventry (2 shots) (car workers)
SCU Union leader on balcony speaking to crowd below. (2 shots)
STV Crowd applauding.
GV & SV Demonstrators marching (print unions) in London.
SV Equity members (actors)
STV PAN Strikers gathered at Speakers' corner, Hyde Park.
SCU Placards of "Gay Liberation Movement" (homo-sexuals).
CU Long-haired man PAN to "gay" banners (2 shots)
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Background: Britain's docks and motor industry were seriously disrupted today (Tuesday) as militant workers marched in protest against the Government's Industrial Relations Bill, designed to curb wildcat strikes.
The Trade Union Congress, Britain's national trade union organisation, had proclaimed the day as a day of national demonstration against the Bill, but urged workers only to hold meetings and token demonstrations in free time.
An estimated 300,000 workers staged protests of one kind or another, and more than half took the day off work.
The biggest dock stoppage was at Liverpool, where only 286 men out of a work force of 10,000 stayed at work - the protest affected 76 ships and cost the port some 70,000 sterling (170,000 dollars) in lost revenue.
Car industry losses ran into hundreds of thousands sterling, one of the largest demonstrations being at Coventry, where 30,000 struck and 20,000 marched through the streets.
In London and the south there were few major stoppages, but printing and actors' unions took part in marches. Demonstrators gathered at the renowned "Speakers Corner" in Hyde Park, and showed some discomfort when they were joined by militant homosexuals of the "Gay Liberation Movement". The latter claimed they opposed the Bill because they rejected any limitation on freedom of action.