Socialist Worker

Stopping the filth

Issue No. 1

'Miners once the salt of the earth, are now the scum of the earth'. That would have been the Sun's front page on Saturday morning had action by the print unions not kept this filth off the streets.

A spokesman for the workers in the composing room at the Sun explained the events that stopped the paper.

'It was disgusting, he said, 'but we were prepared to print it in entirety, providing the unions were allowed a disclaimer.

'Management refused. Then we asked for equal space for the NUM to reply, or even a paid advert on page two. Some people were even prepared to accept a letter printed three days later.

'But all management offered was to "consider" publishing our letter. Of course this was completely unacceptable. Management then abandoned the print.

'It's important to say that other union chapels apart from the composing room were involved in the attempt to get a disclaimer. There were the NGA, SOGAT, electricians and machine minders. Others would have joined but we didn't have time to get round them all.'

The Sun wasn't produced on Monday and Tuesday, as printers in the machine room demanded payment for the loss of Saturday's paper!

(6 October, 1984)

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