Car workers, objecting to the terms of a strike settlement by their union, went on the rampage at the Ford Motor Company factory in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday (June 13).
GV Workers break factory windows (2 shots)
MV Worker being interviewed
SV & GV Workers throwing stones at windows (2 shots)
SV & GV Workers spraying hose through factory windows
SV Security guard taking hose
SV Security guard attending injured man and jostled by demonstrators
GV & SV Demonstrators walking through factory grounds and stopped by police
FIRST STRIKER: "Just a minute."
REPORTER: "What's it all about? What's happening?"
FIRST STRIKER: "More money."
SECOND STRIKER: "Just a minute."
FIRST STRIKER: "The union been crook us. We have been promised at the factory forty-five per cent. And the union get 5 per cent, meaning three-and-a-half dollars a week."
REPORTER: "So what are you doing to do? Just wreck the place?"
STRIKER: "We are waiting for what the union has been asked for, for three weeks."
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Background: Car workers, objecting to the terms of a strike settlement by their union, went on the rampage at the Ford Motor Company factory in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday (June 13). Damage was estimated at 10,000 Australian dollars (nearly 6,000 sterling), but no one was arrested.
Nearly 500 pickets gathered in an angry crowd, when some of their work-mates accepted the union-negotiated settlement, and returned to work after a three week strike. They smashed windows, tore down fences, and sprayed workers inside with a fire-hose poked through a window. But they did not break into the factory itself. About 40 policemen broke up the demonstration.
The factory, which employs 4,500 men, was closed while union and company officials conferred. A mass meeting was planned for Saturday (16 June).
Many of the workers are immigrants from European countries. One of them explained their grievances to a reporter.