Robert,a French factory worker at a railway station in Isbergues,France. Train arrives at the station. Robert shakes hands with fellow worker and leaves for Paris. Street of Paris with tall buildings,vehicular traffic and pedestrians. Robert attends special classes in trade unionism. A night meeting of the trade union workers. Robert is notified of breakdown in negotiations between the union leaders and factory owners in his town of Isbergues.
A part from the dramatized French documentary titled 'Jour De Piene' (A Tough Day). A train whistles past a railway crossing. The crossing gates open . Factory workers of the town of Isbergues in France leave for work at dawn on their bicycles. A magnetic crane near two tall factory chimney.s Shows industrial plants and workers working inside a metal factory. Hot metal ingots being poured and metal slabs produced. Scenes of several industrial machines. Factory workers gather and converse. Factory owner sees through window. A meeting between factory owners and the worker's union leaders.
Heavy machines inside a metal factory in the town of Isbergues,France. Ingots being poured. Workers working inside the factory converse. An alarm raises and factory workers exit with their bicycles from the factory gates. Heavily crowded town center. Children enjoy merry-go ride. Robert, a young factory worker, makes his way to home accompanied by a fellow worker.
French factory worker Robert and his father arrive to their home in Isbergues, France. Robert washes his face. Robert's father shows him a photo-album. They both argue with each other. Flower vases and several picture frames on a table. A certificate on the wall with a picture of Robert' s parents above it. Robert's mother with a cat. Robert packs his suitcase and leaves.
Factory workers of the town of Isbergues France gather to revolt . Workers wish to reopen the factory and confront the pickets. Union leaders intercede before violence erupts. Negotiations between the union leaders and factory owners proves fruitful as terms are met. A meeting of the factory union workers. Union leaders make their speeches. Factories of the town reopens and workers resume their work. Scenes of a rail yard, steel being poured, metal factory, furnace workers and others.
Shows Robert,a factory worker of Isrbegues,France,in conversation with his parents. Robert leaves from home. A notice by the factory union workers on a wall.The notice tells about false promises by factory owners. It urges all factory workers to unite. Workers seated around a table in a house at night time. A fellow worker informs them about the notice. The news reaches the factory workers of the entire town.