50 Years Ago – 20 January 1971

20 January 1971

The national postal strike started following the Government’s rejection of a pay increase of between 15 and 20% for postal workers. It was the first ever all-out strike of postal workers and it brought the Royal Mail’s postal service to a near complete halt.

The Government came under pressure to clarify the situation over their incomes and wages policy, with Roy Jenkins, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, querying why the Prices and Incomes Board had been abolished. Tony Barber (main image photo), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that it was essential to tackle inflation and that unreasonable wage demands should be rejected.