Talk: The Wapping Dispute. The workers who were dismissed during the Wapping Dispute, in addition to their families and their supporters, were frequently disbelieved or vilified for bringing about their own destruction. The full strength of the law was used against their trade unions and most published accounts of the dispute blamed the workers in one way or another.
Join us for a talk by one of the strikers involved in the dispute who will put forward the workers' story. This will be followed by a Q&A session and a chance for the audience to talk about their own experiences of the dispute. Free, no booking required.
Thursday 14 January, 6:00pm - 7:30 p.m.
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ
Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives Exhibition:
The Wapping Dispute: The Workers’ StoryTuesday 1 December 2015 – Thursday 11 February 2016
The Wapping Dispute began on 24 January 1986, when Rupert Murdoch, owner of four of Britain’s leading newspapers, including The Sun and The Times, sought to move production from Fleet Street in central London to a new non-union print works in Wapping. This led to a strike by the print unions, who fought to save thousands of jobs and the basic rights of workers to organise in defence of their conditions.
In 2011 the 25th anniversary of the year-long strike and the ruthless dismissal of 5500 workers by Rupert Murdoch was marked by an exhibition which presented the workers’ story of the dispute and provided a political context. We are pleased to be hosting the exhibition at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives from December 2015 until February 2016, to mark the 30th anniversary of the strike. The exhibition will will include dramatic accounts and photographs of the dispute, in addition to objects and items from the time, including banners, posters, badges, and press articles, and will be accompanied by the two free public events [as above] - 'Talk: The Wapping Dispute' and '30th Anniversary Event'