Foreign News: Flurry

Alf Elliott peered out from under bushy red eyebrows and a soiled worker's cap. "It's not that we object to the machine so much," Alf said. "We're all for the machine just so it don't replace us and make us—" he groped for a 10-bob word—"and make us redundant. But the guv'nor [the boss] just put it on without consulting us and laid off those men. We can't allow that."

Alf was one of 412 London dockers, employed by Butler's Wharf Ltd., who went on a brief strike last week when the "guv'nor" put to work a British-made forklift truck (a mobile,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!