Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Eric Hammond | Scab

Obituary: Eric Hammond | Media | The Guardian

It is as inevitable as it is unfortunate that the epitaph over the life and times of Eric Hammond, who has died aged 79, will identify him as the trade union leader who effectively paved the way for Rupert Murdoch's print and newspaper revolution. By Hammond's own admission, in his remarkably candid autobiography, Maverick (1992), the leader of the electricians' union negotiated secretly with Murdoch in the run-up to the opening of a new site for the production of the Times, the Sun and other News International titles in Wapping, east London, in 1986. Those discussions effectively gave the green light to Murdoch and destroyed any chance, however remote, the print unions had of salvaging something.


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