Britain's national newspapers closed down on Saturday night (18th Sept) on the orders of the proprietors, and 5,000 skilled print workers were sacked, after only a few first-edition copies had been despatched to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
GV Fleet Street at night
MV Frontage of Daily Express with neon signs
MV Ditto Daily Telegraph
LV Men standing outside newspaper entrance
MV Interior, idle printing machines (3 shots)
GV Idle conveyor belt
GTV Distribution department (deserted)
MV Stacked finished papers
MV Delivery vans standing idle (3 shots)
LV Deserted loading bays
MV Clocking-in passage with full card racks
GV Workers leave down street
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Background: Britain's national newspapers closed down on Saturday night (18th Sept) on the orders of the proprietors, and 5,000 skilled print workers were sacked, after only a few first-edition copies had been despatched to Scotland and Northern Ireland. The move followed union meetings held by members of the National Graphical Association (NGA) during the evening, disrupting production lines and causing the loss of approximately two million copies. Earlier in the week similar meetings during work time had caused the loss of a further two million copies, and after this, the employers....the Newspapers Publishers' Association....threatened the sackings and shutdown if the action was repeated.
It's the first time the national newspaper publishers have acted together in a shutdown move, and comes at a time when many papers are struggling against financial odds for survival. The publishers have warned that the shutdown is likely to continue indefinitely if a pay dispute....the reason for the union meetings...isn't satisfactorily concluded.