father of the chapel


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father of the chapel

n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (in British trade unions in the publishing and printing industries) a shop steward. Abbreviation: FoC
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As he explained, I was the fourth generation - he was his shop steward in the factories where he worked for nearly 40 years, his dad had done the same as the Father of the Chapel at Hansard in London, and my mum was her union rep, too.
He was the overseer of the reel stores, and also acted as the branch secretary of the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants and the Imperial Father of the Chapel of SOGAT.
John, originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was Father of the Chapel with the printworkers' union at the Post and sister papers Evening Mail and Sports Argus until he retired almost 20 years ago.
As father of the chapel (plant union representative) I was absolutely ripped apart.
Meic Birtwistle, joint father of the chapel (union official) for the National Union of Journalists, said it was 'shocking news'.
It made The Stud - a most resilient Father of the Chapel - feel very much at home.
He is currently Imperial Father of the Chapel of the GPMU printers union, as he works for printing firm Field Packaging in Bradford and has been in the industry for many years.
Coleridge also seems to think that union bosses are always called the father of the chapel.
My great-grandfather was the father of the chapel in a printers' union, and in those days a strike would mean no news - if the presses ground to a halt, there was simply no way to get the news out there.
After the war he returned to the Echo, and become Father of the Chapel for his trade union.
The claims were made by Nadeem Afzal, former Graphical, Paper and Media Union father of the chapel at the factory, who claims he was unfairly dismissed because of his union activities.