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Remembering Stockport Messenger Dispute 30 years on


Thursday 12 December 2013


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The Peterloo Room, Mechanics' Institute, 103 Princess St, Manchester


The National Graphical Association strike at the Stockport Messenger newspaper group, owned by Eddie Shah, related to the company breaking the closed shop agreement established across the provincial newspaper industry.

In July 1983, six NGA members took strike action and were dismissed. Trade unionists from across the country travelled to support the strike. Printers and journalists were on strike for over four months - the NUJ members refusing to cross the NGA picket line.  NGA members and NUJ members were sacked, attacked by police and become victim of the newly introduced anti-trade union laws.

The company successfully used the 1980 and 1982 Employment Acts to prevent both the boycotting of work and advertising, and secondary picketing at its other plants at Bury and Warrington.

When the NGA ignored court injunctions, it faced heavy fines and sequestration of funds. By January 1984, the union, with its funds frozen was having difficulty in continuing normal operations. It decided to purge its contempt and abide by the injunctions. The strike finally ended in May 1984 and the sacked workers were found work elsewhere.

Speakers include former NUJ regional organiser Colin Bourne.

Food and drinks will be available.

This leaflet criticised the TUC for failing to give a statement of support for a 24 - hour print strike in December 1983 (London Metropolitan University).

This event is for NUJ members only. Please consider joining the NUJ if you would like to attend this event.

Further details and contact information

Kath Grant

Tags: , Stockport Messenger, Eddy Shah, NGA