Amazon union drive gets global media coverage: our Editor writes in Yorkshire Bylines

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Our Editor, Granville Williams, published an article in Yorkshire Bylines this week, highlighting the fiercely fought battle to organise an American Amazon warehouse.

In it, he discusses working conditions, the company’s use of intrusive surveillance methods, support for the union drive against threats and coercion – and the impact that coverage of this battle has made worldwide.

Read the full article by clicking the link below:

If you’re interested in this, why not sign up for our event on ‘Trade Unions, Workers’ Rights and the Media’, on 5 May – as part of the Festival of Debate?

‘Fix The Media’ – New from MediaNorth

Fix the Media’ has been written by a group of academics and journalists to kick-start debate and action on media reform.
 
Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth, said:

All of the contributors to ‘Fix the Media’ are aware that the prospect for substantial media reform is frozen in the current political situation, but we wanted to highlight the concerns we have with the UK media.’

Fix the Media’ argues that there is still scope to promote awareness of what’s wrong with our media and how we can begin to build broad-based support for key policies to repair these faults.

Watch the launch below.

You can buy a print version of ‘Fix the Media’ directly from CPBF(North). Here’s how you can do it:

Send a cheque for £4.00 inc P&P, with your name and address, to: 
CPBF(North) 24 Tower Avenue, Upton, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire 
WF9 1EE

Or you can use BACS to transfer £4.00 to: 
CPBF (North) Sort code 08-92-99 a/c No 65796090. 

Please remember to email cpbfnorth@outlook.com with your name and address.

‘It’s the Media – Stupid!’ NOW ON SALE

It’s the Media, Stupid! The Media, the 2019 Election and the Aftermath’ is now on sale.  Sincere thanks to Steve Bell, The Guardian cartoonist, for the pungent cover cartoon.

You can buy the book directly from CPBF(North). Here’s how you can do it:

Send a cheque for £11.50 inc P&P, with your name and address, to 
CPBF(North) 24 Tower Avenue, Upton, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire 
WF9 1EE

Or you can use BACS to transfer £11.50 to CPBF (North) Sort code 08-92-99, a/c No 65796090. 

Please remember to email cpbfnorth@outlook.com with your name and address.

‘Wapping – the Workers’ Story’

CPBF(North) had planned to show the film ‘Wapping – the Workers’ Story’ last May, but sadly this wasn’t possible, because of Coronavirus restrictions. It’s still something we hope to do in the future though, so look out for updates.

We thought you’d still be interested to know, however, that Ann Field who played a key role in the making of the new film has a chapter on Wapping called ‘Big Media’ in ‘The Strike That Made the Modern Media’. 

John Bailey was a print worker strongly associated with the right of reply during the 1984-84 miners’ strike and one of the 6,000 printworkers sacked when Murdoch moved to Wapping. His chapter, ‘From Orgreave to Wapping: the real enemy within’ is in ‘Settling Scores’. 

If you would like to read more on Wapping we are offering the two books for £10.00 (inc P&P). 

Send a cheque for £10.00 inc P&P, with your name and address, to: CPBF(North) 24 Tower Avenue, Upton, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF9 1EE

Or you can use BACS to transfer £10.00 to CPBF (North) Sort code 08-92-99 a/c No 65796090. 

Please remember to email cpbfnorth@outlook.com with your name and address.

Watch the sessions from our ‘It’s the Media, Stupid!’ Conference

The well-attended conference It’s The Media, Stupid! Post-Election Policies for Media Reform was an outstanding success. We commissioned Route Publishing to record the sessions on the day and they are now available to view below.

If, after you have watched the session recordings, you want to get involved in the media reform work we discussed in the final conference session contact cpbfnorth@outlook.com