50 Years Ago – 1 February 1971

1 February 1971

Tom Jackson, the Secretary of the Union of Post Office Workers, said that the postal strike would continue following the refusal of the Post Office to give a pay rise of significantly more than the 8% that they had proposed. Robert Carr, the Employment Secretary, said that “the hard fact of the situation, unfortunately, is that neither side is prepared to budge an inch from its previous position”.

The British Railways Board (logo in main image above) announced that it planned to close the railway stations of Snow Hill, Bilston, Handsworth, Hawthorns Halt, Hockley, Priestfield, Swan Village, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Winson Green and Wolverhampton Low Level.