Strike Threat Faces Haulage Industry
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FROM OUR INDUSTRIAL CORRESPONDENT
NEW labour troubles threatened to Cause disruption in the road haulage industry this week. At the time of going to press, it appeared that even the men covered by the industry's Wages Council, whose affairs appeared to be settled, are not by any means reconciled to the outcome of their pay and conditions claim.
Under the terms of R.H.(72) they are to receive a three per cent, increase in wages and a two-hour cut in their basic working week, starting on January 1. This is roughly six weeks later than they would normally have expected the new terms to have come into force and represent a measure of wages pause restraint A similar offer was subsequently made on behalf of British Road Services and rejected by the unions.
The unions approached the Road Haulage Association to see whether the new conditions could commence an November 13. They were turned down. They then decided to approach individual firms with the threat of guerilla strike action to back up their demands.
First of the unions to decide on official action was the Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association, who agreed to call out groups of their 7,000 members employed by 1,800 haulage firms in Scotland. Similar action is expected to be agreed on by the biggest union in the industry, Mr. Frank Cousins' Transport and General Workers Union.
Their finance and general purposes committee were meeting in London today, when they were likely to give sanction for guerilla strikes in England and Wales. Action against British Road Services could not be ruled out.