50 Years Ago – 14 May 1972

14 May 1972

The courts ordered the three railway unions on strike to ballot their members, even though the unions had said they didn’t want to do so. The strike of railway staff had led to all Sunday services being suspended, with the 12.5% pay offer having been rejected. The rail unions said that they would go to the Appeal Court to contest the decision.

Maurice Macmillan (pictured), the Employment Minister, said at a Conservative Party meeting that “there is every reason to doubt Vic Feather’s authority to declare all-out war on any government. I suspect that a lot of trade unionists, as well as other people, are pretty fed up with this wild talk and are inclined to call it arrogant”.