A fight for trade union recognition at a Kent printing plant has reached a critical stage. Management has sacked six key activists at the Floplast plant in Bobbing near Sittingbourne, in a bid to try and head off union recognition.
Workers at the plant have unanimously voted at a mass meeting to demand their GPMU union calls an official ballot for strike action to win back the jobs and to win union recognition.
The union has been campaigning over conditions at the plant, with workers complaining about issues ranging from locked toilets to alleged bullying. As a result over half the workforce joined the GMPU. Under the new union recognition laws which came into force in June that should entitle them to automatic recognition.
Instead Floplast management sacked the six workers in a move designed to intimidate others. The workers left in the factory feel that now is the time to take the fight to management. If they get away with the sackings it will make winning union recognition much harder.
The union should call a ballot immediately and follow it with strikes.
Messages of support: GPMU Kent Branch, 155 London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1PA. Phone 01795 423 993. Fax 01795 471 791. E-mail Dannym@gpmukent.demon.co.uk
Fax protests to Dereck Bartrip, Floplast Operations Manager, on 01795 431 188.