BRITAIN: Union Fever

And Callaghan has no cure

Once again an epidemic of strikes by rapacious unions enfeebled Britain. A two-week-old walkout by 75,000 truck drivers severely impeded shipments of food, medicine, raw materials and other essential commodities, forcing layoffs of as many as 150,000 workers from idle factories and producing shortages of such staples as sugar, salt, flour and butter. Massive traffic jams clogged the highways as commuters switched to cars in the face of walkouts by locomotive engineers. Worse was to come, as 1.5 million public service workers threatened a 24-hour walkout this...

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