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Newspaper Industry (Disputes)

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has as to the number of days lost through industrial action in 1984 and to date in 1985 in the newspaper industry; and how these figures compare with each of the past five years.

The information is as follows:

Working days lost in the newspaper industry
Number
1979640,000
1980128,000
198113,000
198215,000
198330,000
1984*27,000
†1985*21,000
* Provisional estimate.
† January to March.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will detail in the Official Report all stoppages as a result of industrial disputes, and the national papers concerned, as notified to his Department during 1984 and to date in 1985.

The following stoppages as a result of industrial disputes involving national newspapers have been recorded.

NewspaperDates of dispute
StartEnd
1984
The Times13 January1 February
The Observer26 May26 May
Financial Times5 July5 July
The Guardian9 July9 July
The Sun13 July28 July
Daily Telegraph11 October11 October
1985
Daily Mail31 January8 February
The Guardian11 February11 February
Morning Star16 February16 February
The Sun18 March26 March