Letters: Equal pay activism

The news about Time Out selling a 50% stake to venture capitalists (Time Out to sell out?, 26 November) passed too briefly over an aspect of its early radicalism which was – for many – as important as the fact that it included pages of political listings. When the staff went on strike in support of the principle of equal wages for all employees, many of those resisting the change were opposing a plan which – for them – would have meant higher wages. At the time I was one of the editors of Peace News, which also operated a system of wage parity (as it still does).

One speech at a meeting of the strikers and their supporters made the simple but powerful point that whatever work one did – whether cleaner or news editor – one had neither more nor less inherent need for food, clothing, shelter, and all the other things which sustain a civilised existence. The heroic speaker, who went on to spend many years on the Guardian’s staff, was Duncan Campbell.

Albert Beale

London

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