Chapel
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Chapel

 

The chapel is a work based print union. The use of chapel is thought to derive from the proximity of Caxton’s printing press to Westminster Abbey or through the close association of the early industry with the church and theological writings.

The General rules of the NUPBW 1964 state that:

'At every firm where two or more members of the union are employed they shall form a chapel and appoint one of their number to act as father or clerk of the chapel.  Any member working in a firm without a chapel is requested to communicate with the branch secretary'.   

The chapel would take responsibilty for the day to day management of union members.  The chapel would be presided over by either a mother or father of the chapel. The MOC or FOC would be responsible for negotiation with printing house management.  The chapel would also be tasked with collecting union dues.