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Wapping - 25th Anniversary Exhibition

by Belinda Affat
Issue No. 2263

On the 25th anniversary of the Wapping strikes, Murdoch is in the dock. Yet nearly 6,000 print workers learnt about his lack of scruples many years ago.

A letter from News International’s lawyers, displayed here, stated how to provoke a dispute to sack the workforce without a backlash.

Pictures show trade unionists and their families gathering on the picket lines, encountering police batons and horse charges.

Margaret Thatcher’s government was not neutral.

There were over 1,300 arrests and hundreds of injuries to strikers and supporters. Meanwhile Murdoch’s scab workforce were protected by police.

The hacking scandal has shown new lows of the empire’s quest for profit.

TUC Congress House, London WC1B 3LS, until 12 August, then touring

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Tue 2 Aug 2011, 17:38 BST
Issue No. 2263
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