Unite hosts the launch of a website recording the News International Dispute on 24 January, exactly 27 years after the newspaper workers went on strike.
The website archives documents, images, film and audio clips from the year-long dispute. Additional material will be added regularly to build a comprehensive and accessible archive.
The event offers a chance to see an exhibition of some of the archive material, to buy copies of a new book, Wapping – the Great Printing Dispute by one of the sacked workers, John Trow, and of Bad News by veterans John Lang and Graham Dodkins.
Around 5,500 workers lost their jobs in the Wapping dispute, which was a milestone in the mid-1980s war against trade unions and working class organisation. Following on from the Miners’ Strike, it too saw a massive police operation in support of the employer, in this case, Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper company.
Details of how to access the website will be published on the Unite L&E News pages. The News International Dispute Archive is supported by Unite, NUJ, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and the Marx Memorial Library.
The launch takes place 18:00 – 20:00, 24 January at Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN
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