TRADES COUNCILS: Mobilising at ground level

Millions of ordinary working people and their local communities are facing an unprecedented onslaught of cuts and reforms of the welfare state from this Tory led government, writes Charlotte Armstrong, delegate to Ipswich trades council.

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NEWS INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE: 25 years on, The Workers' Story is told

 

An exhibition and new publication was launched this week, which tells the Workers' Story of the watershed Wapping dispute. The exhibition is being hosted at the Marx Memorial Library in London's Clerkenwell Green. The library also hosts the Printers' Collection, the most comprehensive collection of print worker and trade union memorabilia in Europe. You can visit by appointment.

The opening was hosted by Ann Field, strike leader, Tony Burke national secretary for manufacturing of UNITE, as well as general secretaries of the then NGA and SOGAT, Tony Dubbins and Brenda Dean. We reproduce here, the speech of Tony Newbery who, as a young activist, took part in the strike and is now a well known UNITE official for print workers.

Twenty five years on, the exhibition launch uncannily coincides with another Royal Wedding, Murdoch seeking to take over BSkyB and the phone tapping scandal in which News International senior staff intercepted phone messages of individuals right up to the level of cabinet member. It is well worth a visit and the Workers' Story, written and artworked by those involved in the dispute, tells the story of that key struggle.

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