Sympathy stoppage in Liverpool
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• The strike of 3,400 Liverpool busmen entered its eighth week with fresh appeals for peace moves—and little sign of a break in the deadlock, writes our industrial correspondent.
A petition, presented to the Liverpool City Council on Wednesday, urged a new meeting between the bus unions and the corporation.
The busmen were staging a May Day march through Liverpool on Wednesday. Liverpool Trades Council and Labour Party urged a one-day token stoppage by the town's 60,000 trade unionists to support the demonstration. Support by employees included some Ribble, Crosville and St. Helens crews, so no service ran into the city on Wednesday. Crosville services to London were also affected.
The Incomes Board is probing a 23s pay award to the busmen, agreed in December; but the men have since widened their demands to be more in line with Mersey dockers and tugmen at 'I 7-a-week basic wage.
Liverpool busmen's leaders went to York University on Monday to appeal for financial support from the students. The strike leaders say that about 200 men have had to find other jobs because they could not exist on the "sympathy" payment of £4-a-week hardship money from their unions.