Britain: Oiling the Machinery

Piccadilly Circus once again gave forth its familiar neon glow. Parliament put away its candles and kerosene lanterns. Elevators could be counted on to go up and down. Unheated flats grew warm, and unlit streets became bright. The blackouts (TIME, Dec. 21) that for nearly a week had affected as much as one-quarter of Britain at any given moment were finally over.

Capitulating to growing public anger and to popular support for the Conservative government's hard-line stand against inflationary wage increases, the 125,000 Electrical Trades Union (E.T.U.) workers abandoned their crippling power slowdown. While the E.T.U. power men did not...

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