ABOUT 1-MILLION WORKERS IN THE INDIAN PORT OF BOMBAY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) ANSWERED THE UNION LEADERS' CALL TO "PARALYSE" THE CITY.
LS Top angle - Idle taxis parked together
Few shots of the garbage being cleared by volunteers
Wire-meshed BEST buses being run by the Home Guards and officials of the transport undertaking.
A fully packed suburban train, the only means of transport for commuters to the office
A bus stop with none to board
An office goer asking for a lift and being offered by a private car-owner
A bus stop being guarded by police to see no trouble is created for people who use the few buses that are being run.
Another shot as above
CU of a board at the Victoria Terminus station mentioning the fare for travelling in buses brought to the station for people coming into Bombay from outside.
State Transport buses at the Victoria Terminus station
Govt. of Maharashtra trucks moving out of the suburban station taking people to work to their offices.
People boarding the trucks as in above.
A deserted road normally used by trucks and goods lorries. The road is by the side of the docks. All the trucks and lorries are also off the roads.
CU of gaslight burning. It has been burning ever since the Municipal strike began.
The gates of Alexandria Docks closed. The strikers' flags can be seen.
Idle lorries and truck parked aside the warehouses.
At the Bus sepot: An officer fixing a wire mesh on a bus
Another supervisor entering the drivers seat to run a bus
Hack Victorias playing on the roads. Because the taxis are on strike these people are reaping a rich harvest from passengers.
LS Deserted Hornby road.
Police and a car with a red flag apparently run by the Union people for propaganda
Same car moving along
Police guarding a junction.
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Background: ABOUT 1-MILLION WORKERS IN THE INDIAN PORT OF BOMBAY YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) ANSWERED THE UNION LEADERS' CALL TO "PARALYSE" THE CITY.THE GIANT TIE-UP OF INDUSTRY WAS ORDERED AS A PROTEST "AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE TO HALT RISING PRICES." ALSO COUPLED WITH THE STRIKERS' DEMANDS ON THE GOVERNMENT WAS A DEMAND TO SUSPEND THE COMPULSORY SAVINGS SCHEME AND TO EASE CURRENT TAXATION.
SHIPPING IN BOMBAY HARBOUR CAME TO A COMPLETE STANDSTILL.BUSES WERE ALSO HALTED.TAXES STAYED ON THEIR RANKS, BUT TRAINS AND PLANES KEPT TO THEIR SCHEDULES.
POLICE WERE OUT IN FORCE TO GUARD INSTALLATIONS, BUT THE ATMOSPHERE STAYED CALM.YESTERDAY'S GENERAL STOPPAGE CLIMAXED A SERIES OF STRIKES IN THE PORT CITY.SOME 30,000 MUNICIPAL WORKERS HAVE BEEN OUT FOR MORE THAN 10 DAYS IN A BID TO WIN HIGHER LIVING ALLOWANCES.THE DOCKERS AND TAXI MEN STRUCK FOR 30 HOURS IN SYMPATHY.
FILM SHOWS GENERAL STREET SCENES IN THE STRIKE RIDDEN CITY.
The TOKEN GENERAL STRIKE ("BOMBAY BANDH") has been organised by the Bombay Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti on the following issues: withdrawal of the Compulsory Deposit Scheme, linking of the Dearness Allowance with the cost of living index on scientific basis and pending such a revision a raise in D.A-.