Britain spun back towards industrial crisis on Thursday (July 27) as the country's dockers' union -- the Transport and General Workers (TGWU) -- voted for an official nationwide dock strike starting at midnight.
CU PAN dockers and police crowd round at meeting outside Transport House.
SV Dockers force was into Transport House, waving banners and placards
STV INT. and EXT. dockers shout with delight as result of meeting announced (2 shots)
SV Delegates for dockers out of building and congratulated by dockers (3 shots)
SV One of freed leader carried shoulder high amid crowds shouting
GV & SV Pickets outside Midland Cold Storage Depot (4 shots)
GV and SV Heaton's Transport Depot, Lancsthire: lorries and fork lift trucks unloading (3 shots)
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After waiting hours for the result of the meeting, dockers pushed into Transport House to lobby for a rejection of the report. When it came, they were wildly enthusiastic about the turndown. (Natural sound). Carrying one of their five jailed leaders shoulder-high changed the chant. (Natural sound). In the east end of London, the Midland Cold Storage depot was still being picketed by dockers.
It was contempt of the court to stop blacking that led to the ??? of the five dockers. Today container workers gain ??? smallcounter picket and the film repeated: none of their ??? would go to the dockers.
At St. Helens in Lancashire, the film originally at the centre of the blacking issue, Heatons Transport, said today they are now going to send their lorries back into Liverpool docks. Their decision follows yesterday's ruling in the Lords that Unions are accountable for the action of their members.
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Background: Britain spun back towards industrial crisis on Thursday (July 27) as the country's dockers' union -- the Transport and General Workers (TGWU) -- voted for an official nationwide dock strike starting at midnight. The union is the largest in Britain.
The strike decision, by 38 votes to 28, was greeted by frenzied scenes outside the Union headquarters at Transport House, where jubilant dockers danced in the street and yelled their approval.
The rejection by the dockers conference of peace proposals hammered out in the past few weeks by TGWU leader Jack Jones, port employer Lord Adlington and two rank-and-file dockers -- foreshadowed new strains on the ailing British economy and another round of confrontations between the government and militant trade unionists.
The decision came as the parent body of organised labour in Britain, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) called off a general strike scheduled for Monday (July 31).
This had been called in sympathy with five leading dockers who were imprisoned last week for defying an Industrial Court order against picketing container depots.
The five leaders, however, were released from jail on Wednesday (July 26) after intervention by a judicial official.
Commenting on today's strike decision, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. John Davies, said he was "very concerned" and described the move in a nationwide broadcast as a "serious situation by any standards". The minister called on the dockers to "think again."