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April 29, 2011

Exhibition marks Wapping struggle

Filed under: Blogroll, News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism — news_editor @ 8:04 am

Wapping - one of the key industrial disputes of the Thatcher era, when 5,550 production and clerical workers were sacked by Rupert Murdoch overnight - is being marked by a 25th anniversary exhibition in London.

In January 1986, News International - owners of The Times, Sunday Times, the Sun and News of the World - sacked thousands of staff when it moved its operations to Wapping in East London. The exhibition highlights the 13-month struggle the employees staged to save their jobs and protect trade union rights. It will be held at the Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU, from 1 May and will run for a month.

Dramatic images, photographs and accounts of the dispute - when Rupert Murdoch used his vast wealth, aided by the Conservatives’ anti-union legislation to facilitate the dash to Wapping - will be on display. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: ‘The industrial disputes involving the print unions in the 1980s, starting with the Stockport Messenger and culminating with News International at Wapping were, along with the miners, sustained blows against organised labour in the UK that the Conservative victory in 1979 had, of course, heralded, but the seriousness of which was little realised.’

The multi-media exhibition has been organised by Unite, the National Union of Journalists, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and the Marx Memorial Library. For opening hours, please ring 020 7253 1485 and/or check the website:

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