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Jobs threatened at Guardian print centre

Issue No. 2159

The Unite union has launched a campaign against 27 job losses at the Guardian print centre in London.

GNM, which publishes the Guardian and Observer newspapers, is blaming the “advertising downturn” for its decision to slash a third of the workforce at the plant.

It has already announced its plans to cut over 100 jobs in the commercial and editorial departments as part of an effort to cut its expenditure by £20 million.

All those at risk of redundancy at the print centre were to have individual meetings with management. But the workers responded by holding the biggest union meeting in years.

Workers believe that they are being made to pay for the company’s short-term profits.

Workers at the print centre met last Sunday to discuss the union’s response. After a debate, Unite decided to raise a formal grievance against the company.

The meeting also decided to ballot for industrial action against any compulsory redundancies. The anger was such that this went through without opposition.

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Tue 7 Jul 2009, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2159
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