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Frome demonstration for sacked Butler and Tanner print workers

Issue No. 2100

A demonstration in support of sacked print workers took place last Saturday in Frome in Somerset.

The 287 staff at Butler and Tanner received redundancy notices two weeks ago. They are owed nearly £400,000 in wages and pensions contributions.

The factory gates remain shut and manned by security guards, though some of the sacked staff believe that work has restarted inside with agency staff.

Workers marched through the town to get answers to the question of where their money had gone

Becky Allan, whose husband worked for the company for 18 months, said they did not realise how bad the situation at the factory had got until the Wednesday before the closure was announced.

'I thought we might have got a few months notice of the company winding down but not not this quickly.

'We have to find different income we've talked a lot but it hasn't really sunk in yet.

'Hopefully in a month's time we'll know what is happening.'

Staff have been maintaining a picket outside the firm since receiving the news.

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Tue 6 May 2008, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2100
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