TGWU quashes itrike call
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HREATS of a drivers' strike due to take place this week disapeared after intervention from the men's union, the Transport rid General Workers.
The strike call went out st week when posters were stributed calling for a seveniy stoppage to protest against le subsistence form, tachomph, overnight accommodaon and parking and the losing an hgv licence when offen;s are committed in a car.
But late last week TGWU itional organiser Mr Jack shwell met leaders of the UK lop Stewards Transport ction Committee, organisers the unofficial strike for what ; described as "an exchange ! communications."
Mr Ashwell told CM that /Bowing the meeting the aders got together and called I the strike by telephone.
At the meeting he had cplained the policy of the GWU on the matters surlunding the dispute. "It was all a problem of communication," he said.
"There was a fear that the union was changing its mind on tachos—but I told them that the policy was made by the members.
"They were striking against the Inland Revenue over the subsistence form—hut again it was all a question of communication—and this they told the lads.
" On EEC regulations they wanted information, we asked for a full-year deferment on them and we have received no reply. So as far as I am concerned it is a negotiating situation," said Mr Ashwell.
But in some isolated cases the call to strike was obeyed. There were reports of men failing to turn up for work in the Harwich and Felixstowe areas and in the East End of London.