Were they referring to the Winter of Discontent, 1979, when many local councils were on strike and temporary storage facilities were declared to cope with the backlog of burials and cremations. I think so. I can't remember any riots getting that exciting TBH.
Nope, no bodies. I recall there being some localised gravedigger strikes being reported, but not where I lived. Strikes seemed to be part of everyday life throughout the 70s, whichever government was in power.
Think they got 2 things mixed together. The gravediggers went on a 2 week unofficial strike and ended when they accepted a 14 1/2% payrise I think. It was suggested that sea burials may have been an option if the strike went long term. There was apparently a few streets blocked by rubbish here as it got that bad. No bodies in the streets (although in Rochdale -where I'm from- that can never be totally discounted...).