I have a piece on the oped page of today’s AFR. Or at least, I think I do. In Canberra, a printer’s strike has meant that today’s the AFR hasn’t been delivered. And I’m wondering whether that also applies to the rest of the country. Still, I guess some trees were saved today.Â (Philosophical point: if a tree in the forest never gets felled to produce a newspaper, was the oped ever written?).
The strike has made me think about how printers’ strikes more generally must affect the reporting of union matters. Journalists live to see their words on the page, and if a strike prevents a paper getting out, this must surely make some scribes livid. At the very least, it must make it harder for the printers’ union to get a fair run in the media the next day.