British soldiers secure filling stations and fuel depots as the Ulster Workers' Council strike continues.
Barbed wire, sandbags and soldiers prevent civilians accessing petrol stations across Northern Ireland.
In May 1974 the Ulster Workers’ Council responded to the new Sunningdale power-sharing agreement by calling a general strike against it. The loyalist strikers blocked roads and cut off essential services in Northern Ireland.
On day thirteen of the strike filling stations and fuel depots are taken over by British troops in order to ensure adequate provision for essential services, which may only be purchased by those with a permit from the Ministry of Commerce.
One man who is trying to get to work at a fuel depot in Belfast is prevented from doing so by British Army soldiers who have blocked the entrance to it. He has no wish to go against the strikers, but is now concerned about the effects of the strike will have on hospitals and older people in the community,
We have never at any time said that we would not do essential services.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 May 1974.