An industrial dispute between newspaper management and printers has shut down all but one of Britain's national daily and Sunday newspapers.
An industrial dispute between newspaper management and printers has shut down all but one of Britain's national daily and Sunday newspapers. But following urgent inter-union talks in London on Monday (September 20) it seemed likely that production could be back to normal for Wednesday (September 22) morning's editions. The dispute, which cost some newspapers several million lost copies last week, led to a total shut-down of the presses by the proprietors on Saturday (September 18) -- and almost total loss of Sunday's editions. Monday and Tuesday newspapers were also lost as printers waited vainly outside the Fleet Street presses for production to begin. The dispute is over a pay agreement.
SYNOPSIS: A pay dispute between management and printers shut down Britain's national newspapers this week, but by Monday urgent inter-union talks made it appear possible that the presses could be rolling again in time for Wednesday morning's newspapers. This week only two major journals were on the streets--the Paris edition of the International herald Tribune, and the Morning Star--the Communist Party daily--which was the only British Paper unaffected. As a result of the shutdown, meanwhile, newspaper proprietors issued dismissal warning notices to take effect if the dispute was not settled quickly.
It was Monday's meeting between the printing unions delegates and British trade union leader Mr. Vic Feather which led to hopes of a settlement. Mr. Feather said later that joint proposals had been worked out for discussion with the proprietors, but no details were released. If management agreed, he said, production could begin again while details were sorted out.