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CPBF AGM 10.00am 2 July

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Registration from 9.30am. Diskus Centre, Unite the Union HQ, 128 Theobald's Road, LondonWC1X 8TN. Nearest station Holborn.

Programme: 10.00am – 11.15 am, CPBF Annual General Meeting; presentation of reports 2015-16; election of National Council, discussion of future policy and activity. (CPBF Members only)

11.30am – 1.15pm Open discussion on campaigning for media reform - future of public service broadcasting, press regulation and tackling media ownership. (Open to non-members.)

1.30pm– 3.30 pm, drinks and snacks with farewell party and tributes for Barry White national organiser who is retiring after 19 years working for the CPBF. (Open to non members.)


Wapping Comes to Tower Hamlets

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Rupert Murdoch's newspapers stand accused of debasing the British media. Revelations of industrial-scale phone hacking at the News of the World and corruption of the police and national politics have laid bare the malign influence and power of a global media empire.That power was accumulated over 30 years but the crucial episode was the year-long Wapping dispute. When negotiations broke down and the strike began in January 1986, Murdoch shifted production of the papers overnight to a new, non-union printworks, sacking the existing production and administration workforce of 5,500 employees.Supported by the Tory government and its anti-union laws, Murdoch's vast resources had enabled the company to equip and staff the Docklands plant in secret, with strike-breaking labour recruited by the electricians' union in an act of treachery unparalleled in labour movement history.The High Court ordered the sequestration of the funds of SOGAT, the largest union involved, when distribution workers in London refused to handle Murdoch's papers. Other unions were ordered by the courts to refrain from solidarity action and fined for contempt. More than 1,400 strikers and supporters were arrested, six were jailed and hundreds injured during demonstrations and picketing. Complaints of police brutality and unwarranted arrests led to an inquiry that described police actions as violent and undisciplined. The story is being told from the point of view of the sacked workers and their trade unions. The exhibition, the booklet “The Workers' Story" and the website offer graphic accounts of the determined resistance of he sacked printworkers and the “refusenik" journalists who joined them.

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BBC open meeting

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The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom is holding this open meeting to discuss the next stages in the campaign.

6.00pm Monday 21 September 5th Floor, Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP (nearest tube Kings Cross St Pancras).

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Fight for our BBC

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The NUJ is holding an event in Parliament to launch the Fight for our BBC campaign with an alliance of organisations on Wednesday 10 June. Wednesday 10 June 2015 Committe Rooms 9 &10, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA 4.00-5.00pm Briefing for lobbyists, Committee Room 9, House of Commons.5.00-6.30pm Lobby of MPs and drop-in session for MPs and peers, Committee Room 9. 6.30pm Public meeting hosted by Broadcast Magazine, Committe Room 10.

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