Thursday, August 17, 1972
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, August 17, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Pane Nine
Union bosses end British dock
strike; rank and file protest
LONDON (M - Britain's crip-
pling 20 day national dock strike
was called off yesterday but a
balk by militants put a quick re-
turn to work in doubt.
Angry stevedores physically at-
tacked Transport Workers Un-
ion chief Jack Jones, one of the
main architects of the settle-
ment package, after he said the
nation's ports would be open nor-
mally as of midnight Sunday.
The back-to-work decision came
in a 53-50 vote at a dock work-
ers' delegate conference in Lon-
don. The stoppage has stalled ex-
ports worth millions of dollars
and sliced vital food imoprts.
The dock delegates accepted
virtually the same settlement
terms - offering better job se-
curity and higher severance pay
-that they rejected in calling
Improvements in the final deal
were marginal but included a
guaranteed extra 200 jobs in con-
tainer firms where longshoremen
are demanding the right to work
and special levies are likely to
be made by the ports on other
companies not using registered
dock labor. This will make it less
attractive for these companies
to employ truck drivers to load
and unload containers. The truck-
ers earn less than longshoremen.
Though most smaller ports are
expected to resume normal work-
ing Monday, the anger generated
by the settlement in the coun-
try's main docks in London, Liv-
erpool and Hull could spark an
.unofficial continuation of the
stoppage by militants.
Violence flared outside t h e
Transport Union's headquarters
when the i'esult was announc-
ed. One docker charged into the
conference room and hurled a
metal ashtray at Jones' head. He
Then the militants turned on
the police security cogdon around
the building, and fights broke
Some pickets tried to chase the
dispersing delegates. Mounted
police were called in to separate
Furious longshoremen broke up
a news conference Jones and oth-
er union leaders tried to hold.
One man threw a glass of water
into the union chief's face. Oth-
ers shouted they had been be-
trayed in their fight for stronger
job security and more severance
One longshoreman shouted to
Jones: "You are a leper! Where
is your yellow arm band?"
Jones, shaken, cried to the mob:
"I have done my best for you."
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