• Short Summary

    Britain's economic crisis deepened on Tuesday (15 January) with a nationwide one-day strike by train drivers.

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    GV Empty railway lines
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    GV & CU Traffic no congested roads
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    CU Parking meters in city
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    CU Buses passing
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    CU Office worker being interviewed
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    CU Sign "Williams and Glyn Bank" on coach with workers alighting from coach (3 shots)
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    "Well no, to start..."
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    "worth while".


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    CU Empty office chair PAN to temporary bed and sleeping bag
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    COMMENTARY: "Nothing moved on the railways today as the ASLEF' drivers' strike took hold. While union leaders met to assess the result of their action, commuters throughout the country, after only two days respite, found themselves struggling to get into work once again. Most took to the roads. Nine mile queues built up on some roads into London and nearly all were said to be bursting at the seams. In the city, all parking metres had been taken by seven o'clock. The buses and the Underground too were crowded much earlier than usual. All this meant several hours lost sleep for most office workers.



    COMMUTER: "I left Meopham in Kent at half past six and drove all the way to near Lewisham and walked about two miles and got the tube to New Cross. I spent 2 1/2 - 2 hours in the car. It's disgraceful isn't it. Disgusting."



    COMMENTARY: Special coaches have solved the problem for many firms. The Bank of England and National Westminster used nearly 200 to bring their staff into work today. Some from as far afield as Bournemouth. Lloyds emergency transport operation cost them GBP 4,000 a day. Does the staff have to pay.




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    Background: Britain's economic crisis deepened on Tuesday (15 January) with a nationwide one-day strike by train drivers. Their action came as Mr. Heath prepared to face a hastily re-convened Parliament, and as hopes faded for an and to the industrial disputes crippling the economy.

    The rail strike brought chaos to the roads. And for those with cars, it brought the morning rush hour in the cities forward by up to two hours. By 6 am, motoring organisations were reporting that routes into many major cities were packed. In London, roads from the suburbs were described as "bursting at the seems."
    The drivers Union, ASLEF, decided to strike after weeks of overtime bans and "working to rule" which had brought them no nearer a solution to their pay claim. The management of the state-run rail system refused to joint in any pay negotiations with the unions until the drivers overtime ban was lifted. This was why the one-day strike was called - but there are signs that ASLEF may suspend future action to allow talks to proceed.

    The train service on Wednesday (16th January) was expected to be normal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADSEG4SPIMPOPGQKGVPSLGJ29
    Media URN:
    VLVADSEG4SPIMPOPGQKGVPSLGJ29
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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