STRIKING bus drivers may have been causing chaos for people trying to get around the streets last week, but Ealing has a long history of industrial action.

Education ground to a halt in December 1969 as teachers across the borough decided to stay away from classrooms for 24 hours in protest at what they believed was an unfair pay deal.

Supportive parents and pupils backed the teachers in the dispute, and a petition signed by 1,300 people in Greenford was presented at the door of the Department of Education and Science in Mayfair's Curzon Street by children Alistair Pearson, Julian Pearson and Simone Brady.

The same youngsters were photographed earlier in the day in a wellmannered protest in Greenford Broadway, accompanied by placardwaving parents demanding a 'fair' annual salary of £135 for their teachers. Among the group was seven-yearold Billy Fuller, of Stanhope Junior School in Greenford, who despite having the day off school was being put to good use carrying his mother's shopping home.

Billy also led the procession down Broadway with his 12-year-old sister Ann, from nearby OC Costain Girls School.