BRITAIN: Showdown with Labor

As squads of police watched silently from a distance, hundreds of angry British dockworkers and sympathizers from other unions converged on London's hulking Pentonville Prison. The demonstrators paraded their banners like so many regimental flags. FREE THE FIVE, SPREAD THE STRIKE, commanded one. Others called for SOLIDARITY WITH THE DOCKERS! or simply jeered, HITLER 1933, HEATH 1972.

The demonstrators' heroes—five dock workers who had been briefly jailed for illegal picketing practices —were the focus of what suddenly exploded last week into the most sullen and emotional confrontations between British labor and British...

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