mother of the chapel


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mother of the chapel

n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (in British trade unions in the publishing and printing industries) a woman shop steward. Abbreviation: MoC
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EXPERIENCE Former minister Anna Soubry, an ex-TV presenter, said she kept a "very beady eye" on pay levels when she was a mother of the chapel at a branch of the National Union of Journalists.
When he found out that I'd become the ECHO's Mother of the Chapel (the journalists' version of a shop steward) he was more excited than about any interview I've ever done, or any feature I've written.
Vanessa Pearce, mother of the chapel for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's NUJ branch, said: "Journalism is one of the core values of the BBC and this is not the time to be cutting journalists' jobs.