David Glanz

Wapping dispute - an avoidable defeat

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Ian Taylor's article (Feature, Socialist Review, September 2009) rightly condemns the print unions NGA and SOGAT for allowing Murdoch a dream run with Wapping.

Unfortunately it wasn't just individual journalists who contributed to this unnecessary defeat. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) itself played a shoddy role.

Among journalists "new realism" was reflected in the argument that journalism would enter a new golden age once journalists were freed from the shackles of print unionism.

The eradication of "old-fashioned" printers would allow journalists to take real control of their newspapers, with a new flexibility and earlier deadlines...or so the story went.

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