50 Years Ago – 31 January 1971

31 January 1971

Robert Carr (in main image above), the Employment Minister, said that he intended to make a “last-ditch bid” to end the country’s first all-out postal strike, which had been on-going for 11 days. The Post Office said that it may increase its 8% pay offer by 1% or 1.5%, but the union leaders suggested that this would be insufficient.

The Government confirmed that Dudley Smith, the Under-Secretary of State for Employment, has received a death threat from those who were opposed to the Industrial Relations Bill. Police said that extra security measures had been implemented and Smith and his family were moved from their house whilst they searched his property.