Hot Mettle: Sogat, Murdoch and Me - Brenda Dean

BRENDA Dean was not quite the hero of the Battle of Wapping – that time in the newspaper industry when Rupert Murdoch began to ripple his muscles over the industry. The dispute over Wapping was the move there of Murdoch s national newspapers – and the sac

BRENDA Dean was not quite the hero of the Battle of Wapping - that time in the newspaper industry when Rupert Murdoch began to ripple his muscles over the industry.

The dispute over Wapping was the move there of Murdoch's national newspapers - and the sacking of printers as publishing moved into the era of computer technology.

It was Brenda Dean who led Sogat - one of the trades unions involved in the bitter 12 month dispute.

In her book she reveals the secret meetings she had with Murdoch and the talks with Murdoch's representative Bill O'Neill, which saw the end of the dispute.

She admits, too, that it was her militant members within which caused her more problems that attempting to obtain the right compensation deal for the men who had been put out of a job.

It's an interesting insight into an important era of newspaper history.