Obituary: NUJ member Ruth Jones
A young Ruth Jones - © private
Ruth Jones later in life - © private
17 July 2015
A tribute by Rochelle Wilson
Ruth Jones, one of the 28 journalists sacked for going on strike at the Nottingham Evening Post in 1978 - the longest dispute in the history of the NUJ - has died in the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham hospital after a short illness. She was 75.
Ruth was born into a Jewish family of six, who moved with her parents during the Second World War from London to the safety of Stapleford, near Nottingham.
She began her career in journalism on the Ilkeston Pioneer, and in the mid-1960s she landed a job in Bermuda on the Royal Gazette, where she made an early, but unsuccessful attempt to organise the first ever union chapel in the paper’s history.
In 1967 Ruth married Stan Jones, another reporter from the Gazette and their daughter Miriam was born later at the Island’s hospital.
The marriage, however, was short lived and Ruth returned to England where she got a job on the Nottingham Evening Post. From 1970 until 1978 Ruth was a court reporter at the Post.
Following the national dispute over pay and the sacking of 28 journalists at the Nottingham Evening Post, she joined the NUJ backed independent paper the Nottingham News where she was a reporter from 1979 until 1982.
She then moved to Gems News service where she stayed for several years.
The NUJ sends condolences to Ruth's family and friends.