claiming pay for thousands of fictitious workers.
Or perhaps that the pictures recording the tumultuous event were in black and white (largely because the print unions
had been as resistant to change as the miners)?
His aim was to smash the power of print unions
in the industry, aided and abetted by the Thatcher government, the police, the courts and fellow publishers.
Watson Fleet Street was held to ransom by print unions
whose members were happy to sign into work as Michael Mouse of Sunset Boulevard before hugely lucrative Saturday night shifts.
If that was the only good thing which Margaret Thatcher did for the people of this country (which it wasn't), she deserves the thanks of every worker, including Paul Fulford, whose own job of journalist must now be much more agreeable than it was in the 1970s, because of the demise of the appalling print unions
I did my homework by candlelight during power cuts in the winter of discontent, then later stood at Wapping watching pitched battles between print unions
He was a brave man then, and he is a brave man now when he praises Rupert Murdoch for his excellent proprietorship of The Times as well as for breaking the power of the print unions
In my country, it has been in crisis pretty well since the day Rupert Murdoch moved Times Newspapers into Wapping and brought about the destruction of the print unions
Pages were produced in hot metal, with print unions
frequently holding publishers to ransom with their high wage demands.
The relocation broke the dominance of the print unions
and began the mass exodus from Fleet Street.
In particular, the application of digital technology, introduced after a ferocious struggle with the powerful print unions
, brought substantial cost savings and allowed a new era of journalism.
but even the left-wing Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger admitted on Newsnight last week that his dispute with the print unions
in the 1980s saved the British newspaper industry by making it profitable again.