A clash between rival Trade unions over a miner strike in Miike, Japan, Mar 28, ended with 115 people injured, 25 of them seriously.
MIIKE, Japan 28 Mar 1960 (REUTERS)
GTV PAN..Mass crowds assembled outside mine.
SV TWO SHOTS..Members of the First Union Demonstrating whilst Union members of the Second Union look on in b/g.
SV Members of the Second Union arrive at hall for meeting.
SV INT..Union officials with documents.
GTV Massed crowds at meeting.
CU Mr. Wada..General Secretary - makes speech.
CU Another Union official makes speech.
SV Miners listen.
GV Miners leave hall are given pamphlets.
TOP V PAN OVER..Miners.
SV Miners demonstrate.
GV Fighting - members of the Second Union trying to get over fence.
VARIOUS SHOTS..of fighting, man on fence being hit.
SV TWO SHOTS..Arrests being made.
GV Police arrive.
GTV Crowd outside mine.
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Background: A clash between rival Trade unions over a miner strike in Miike, Japan, Mar 28, ended with 115 people injured, 25 of them seriously. Fighting occurred when about 2,000 men of the Miike Coal Mines New Workers Union, attempted to break through a line of pickets from the Miike Coal Mine Workers Union, who have called the strike. The strikers are claiming a wage increase.
After they had agreed with the management to return to workmen at the New Workers Union, were on their way to start the first shift. As the two unions came together bamboo poles and stones were produced and the fighting started. Ashes and pepper were thrown into some of the men's eyes.
Several strike-breakers managed to scale the concrete wall around the mine, and were later joined by 1,300 others. About 120 armed police were rushed to the scene and prevented any further fighting.
Production has not yet been resumed at the mine. Union officials are still having talks with the management, but so far they have been unable to get both unions to accept their wage awards.