"Eine Kur, die den Tod bringt"

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Wilfried Kratz

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  • foreign correspondent in the UK for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit

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Auch im Hauptquartier der Waliser Bergarbeitergewerkschaft in Pontypridd bei Cardiff hat man kein gutes Wort für die Regierung. „Die Tories“, sagt Vorstandsmitglied des [sic] Dutfield verächtlich, „haben nie etwas für Wales getan.“ Die politische Landkarte des industrialisierten Südens, wo die große Mehrheit der Waliser wohnt, ist tief rot. Dutfield zieht daraus den Schluß: „Hier haben die Konservativen keine Chance, und das lassen sie uns spüren.“ (Kratz 22)


  • industry:
    • report about strikes in the steel industry in south Wales, especially in the steel factory in Llanwern
    • complex nature of steel industry: state-owned British Steel Corporation wants to counteract bankruptcy by closure of factories
    • lower quality of products in Wales
    • benefit of knowledge exchange with factories in Germany to improve quality
  • people:
    • focus on peaceful strategies of striking workers to raise public awareness for their protest about raising wages
    • interview with union leaders Brian Connolly (Newport: steel workers) and Dutfield (Pontypridd: coal miners) about living wages, import/export, previous clashes during pickets, de-industrialisation
  • politics:
    • points out employment regulations that lead to empoyment shortages in some areas and unnecessary surplus in others -- lower productivity in comparison with continental Europe, especially Germany
    • overview over political dimension of industrial action and government reaction
  • compare with the author's later report from the CAT near Machynlleth
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Kratz, Wilfried. "Eine Kur, die den Tod bringt." Die Zeit 6 (1 Feb. 1980): 22. Print.