Records concerning the dispute with News International., 1983-2007
This dispute between SOGAT '82, the National Graphical Association, the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers and News International arose in 1985 as a result of plans to move production of the company's newspapers from Fleet Street to Wapping in east London with a consequent change in employees' terms and conditions. The unions voted in favour of strike action in January 1986 which prompted News International to give notice to all those involved and to employ labour recruited by the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunication and Plumbing Union. The dispute was characterised by the use of union legislation by News International to break the strike and by violent clashes at the Wapping plant. The dispute ended in February 1987 when the threat of more legal action by News International placed the very existence of the unions in jeopardy.
The arrangement of these records is largely determined by the numbering of the original box files in which most of them were deposited.
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