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LONDON-The Wages of Strikes

August 8, 1970 20 private farms by about 10,000 volunteers, is getting open as well as surreptitious support from other parties. The latest to announce its support is the Tamil Nadu unit of PSP. Other parties, with the exception of Swatan- tra and Muslim League, will also feel BRITAIN'S dockers voted to go back to work after a fifteen-day strike. The strike, caused by the failure of dock workers and management to agree on a new wage claim, was resolved by a court of inquiry which managed to steer an acceptable middle course between the employers offers and the union's demands. It seems a pity that the management and the workers were not prepared to bend that little bit further, fifteen days ago. The cost of the strike is twofold. Firstly, there are the many economic setbacks which the strike has caused and secondly, the strike will have done a lot to strengthen the new Conservative Government's inevitable move towards trade-union reform, Jack Jones, the Dockers' Union boss, had accepted a pay offer on behalf of his members, just before the strike was scheduled to begin, pending a meeting of the management committee of the union. So the strike was temporarily deferred, but the management committee refused to endorse his action, and consequently the dockers downed tools. Emergency powers were introduced by the Government, giving it the prerogative to call in the army to unload ships, if necessary. In fact, these emergency powers were not used. A court of inquiry was formed and quickly set to work discussing the demands of both sides and publishing its findings, which were accepted by the dockers and the management.

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