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of short work stoppages during March, Tanro launched an

all-out strike over the two issues on 23 March. At this time, the Central Labor Relations Board (CLRB) intervened with a proposal to mediate in the wage negotiations. Tanro accepted mediation under the stipulation that no agreement would be reached until the Mitsui negotiations were completed. The CLRB brought forward its mediation proposal on 31 March, and negotiations then

Policy met and announced that while a thorough review of energy policy was necessary, it expected the coal industry to begin to rationalize immediately. The mounting pressure led to dissension within both the company and the union.