Michael James Hugh Alison
by Bassano & Vandyk Studios Click on the links below to find out more
half-plate film negative, 7 July 1978
The country is brought to a virtual standstill as workers in the private and public sector strike over the government's decision to restrict wage increases. As more workers joined the strikes rubbish piled up in the streets, patrol stations ran short, and storage space had to be hired for unburied coffins. The period became known as the 'winter of discontent'.
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