The National Union of Journalists has announced that it has established its first chapel within News International’s Wapping plant in East London.
The Chapel is the first at the News International plant, which has been union free for 25-years, since the company derecognised unions following the Wapping dispute in 1986.
The Chapel currently has three officers, all from The Times.
Their first act is to take legal action in a bid to protect journalist sources at The Times and The Sunday Times following a decision to hand over company data emails to police as part of the phone hacking inquiry.
Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the NUJ, commented; “We want News International journalists to know that the NUJ is on their side. The people who have set up the chapel and are challenging the company’s betrayal of courses, should be congratulated for their bravery.”
The latest edition of The Journalist, the membership magazine for the NUJ carried the story, alongside a feature talking to journalists working within News International.