Ref NoOBS/1/2/2/4/1/4/2
TitleNUJ files 1965-1972
Extent3 files
Creator NameThe Observer Limited; Managing Director's Office; Tristan Jones
DescriptionTristram Jones' papers relating to the NUJ and NPA.

File 1 (1965-1970): Contains correspondence and memos chiefly relating to national NUJ / NPA wage structure planning and The Observer's new new wage structure (1970) and to the national and house policies on unqualified journalists. Includes multiple drafts of the 1970-71 Observer House agreement, copy correspondence with the government Department of Employment and Productivity and copy minutes of relevant national NPA / NUJ meetings. Also includes correspondence relating to other matters, like pensions and door keys for the Observer building at 160 Queen Victoria St.

Key correspondents include: Roger Harrison, Donald Trelford, KF Sisson, JN Hopwood, David Perman (as father of the chapel) and John C Littlejohns.

File 2 (1969): Contains draft and copy NUJ house agreements from other newspaper publishers, including the Guardian, and a draft Observer salary structure.

Files 3 (1970-1972): Contains: correspondence relating to the role of the Editor in negotiations; correspondence and memos relating to the national NUJ claim and the NPA response; an NUJ 'say no to the NPA' ballot poster produced by the Fleet St. Fathers of the Chapels Committee; advice from the NPA about dealing with stoppages of work; minutes/transcripts from NPA / NUJ meetings, including those held on 16 & 20 Nov 1970 and 10, 25 & 31 May 1972; minutes from the NPA Executive Committee meeting on 4 May 1972; propsed NPA responses to NUJ claims (1972); a graph showing national earnings in the sector for 1966-1972; calculations relating to the potential cost of the NUJ claim (1972 and an annotated, unsigned NPA/NUJ memo/agreement dated 26 Nov 1970.

Correspondence is mainly with representatives of the NPA Industrial Relations Executive, the Executive Committee and the NPA Council. Key correspondents include: Tristram Jones, JH O'Keefe; N Reeves and Frank Rogers.
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsSubject to access restrictions in line with the Data Protection Act.
Related Material There is some overlap between this and Roger Harrison's OBS. NUJ House agreement file (1968-1974).

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