News International Strike 1986

Date start:
24 Jan 1986
Date end:
Feb 1987
News International Strike 1986

The strike marked the beginning of a year-long industrial dispute between print unions and News International, a conglomerate of newspapers including The Sun, The Times, and The News of the World owned by Rupert Murdoch. The dispute centred on Murdoch's decision in 1985 to move the business from Fleet Street, the traditional home of the newspaper industry since the 18th century, to a cheaper, purpose-built site in Wapping, east London. New technology installed in the Wapping premises threatened the livelihood of many of the newspaper group's printers. Additionally, workers didn't agree with the proposed working conditions at the new site, which included a non-strike clause.

Alternate Names

  • Wapping Dispute

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