50 Years Ago – 19 January 1971

19 January 1971

The first all-out strike of postal and telephone workers began, following the collapse of talks with the Government. Tom Jackson, the General Secretary of the Union of Post Workers, said “something must be done within the next 24 hours. We are on a very short fuse indeed”.

It was confirmed that the abolition of licences to own a radio in the home or car was to be abolished early, on 1 February 1971. The charge for a radio only licence at the time was £1 and 5s, the equivalent of just under £25 today.

Margaret Thatcher, the Secretary of State for Education and Science, announced that a survey of career facilities would take place across the country’s 5,454 secondary schools.