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Support grows for Prisme sit-in

by Iain Brown
Issue No. 2146

Defiant workers at the Prisme packaging plant in Dundee are into their sixth week of occupation after being sacked at a few hours notice with none of the money owed to them.

The company simply ceased trading and said it was broke.

The latest donations for the workers include £300 from Dundee NCR workers – who are themselves on a 90 day redundancy notice – and £400 from local firefighters.

Members of the UCU lecturers’ union have raised over £1,000 so far and £210 was collected outside the

Dundee United football ground.

It’s disgusting that Prisme and other firms can quite legally avoid their liabilities in the way that they did.

It’s also outrageous that the workers are having to collectively file for Prisme to be made insolvent in order to claim from the government.

This will cost them around £3,500 from any eventual settlement – which itself will fall short of what they are owed.

As Linda, one of the workers, said, “It’s either that or we’ll get nothing at all.”

What an indictment of 12 years of a Labour government.

Send messages of support to [email protected] Donations can be made out to “TUC Lobby Fund” and sent c/o Mike Arnott, Dundee TUC, 141 Yarrow Terr, Menzieshill, Dundee, DD2 4DY

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Tue 7 Apr 2009, 19:04 BST
Issue No. 2146
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