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Newspaper Industry (Closed Shops)

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will discuss with the Press Council, when he next meets it, the operation of the closed shop in the newspaper industry.

As required by the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Amendment) Act 1976, I shall be consulting the Press Council in due course about the preparation of a draft charter on the freedom of the Press which will, amongst other things, contain guidance on the application of union membership agreements to journalists.