In France's northwest province of Brittany, members of the country's three most powerful unions staged a twenty-four hour strike on Thursday (26 April).
GV: cars down street of Brest
GV: empty docks showing deserted cranes. (2 shots)
CU: General strike poster.
GV PAN: demonstrators preparing to begin march.
GV AND SV: marchers through streets carry placards and chanting slogans (4 shots)
GV: demonstrators continue march and up stairs of Brest town hall. (3 shots)
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Background: In France's northwest province of Brittany, members of the country's three most powerful unions staged a twenty-four hour strike on Thursday (26 April). The unions said they had called the strike -- which they called "Operation Dead City" -- to protest against increasing unemployment in Brittany, low pay, the growing numbers of factory closures, and lack of any signs of improvement.
SYNOPSIS: In Brest, a port on the most northwestern tip of France, the docks lay idle, factories shut down, and the waterfront looked as dead as the strikers had wanted it to be.
The striking unions were the Confederation of French Democratic Workers (CFDT), the General Confederation of Workers (CGT), and the Teachers' Federation (FEN). Some five thousand people -- strikers and their supporters, assembled in front of the main post office to begin their protest march. Their slogan was clear: "To live, to learn, to work in Brittany". They are disgruntled that the government and most powerful bureaucrats -- who lay down the economic policies -- seem remote from the problems of this relatively undeveloped region.
The same day, all French ports came to a halt as dockers, too, staged a one-day strike to protest a lockout. They claimed the strike was totally effective in all major ports.