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Wapping: the workers’ story

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For three more days only – Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 November, 10am – 5pm, free

Wapping: the workers’ story is an exhibition at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, put together by print workers and trade unionists involved in the year-long dispute which began when Rupert Murdoch moved production of his newspapers overnight from Fleet Street to a secretly equipped and heavily guarded plant at Wapping in East London.

Mug marking Wapping dispute

During the course of the exhibition there will be a public meeting, Taming the media moguls,on Wednesday 23 November at 7pm (at 6pm there will be a reception and guided tour of the exhibition).

In 1986 Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, backed by a Tory government, sacked his staff and got rid of the unions. 25 years on the intense focus on News Corp’s ethics offers a chance for fairer and better media to give the public the news they need.

Speakers will include:

TONY BURKE, assistant general secretary, Unite the Union
ANN FIELD, former leader of clerical staff on The Times, Wapping strike organiser
GRANVILLE WILLIAMS, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
THAIS PORTILLO-SHRIMPTON, Hacked Off! campaign
JOHN BAILEY, former union rep on the Sun, active in the Right to Reply campaign

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