Workers at the Wyndeham Impact print factory in Basingstoke are now in their 19th week of discontinuous strikes against redundancies and attacks on their pay and conditions.
Steve Adams, the father of the chapel [workplace union rep] said, “I’ve never been treated like this in my life. It’s like Victorian times here—we need people to support us.”
In 2009 the workers agreed to take a temporary 13 percent pay cut after the firm’s principal banker, Iceland’s Landsbanki, collapsed.
The cut, which cost some workers as much as £86 a week, was supposed to be reversed after a year.
But Wyndeham was bought by private equity firm Walstead Investments, which refused to honour the agreement.
Another worker, who read the company’s financial reports, said, “That year they would have made half a million pounds profit even without our pay cut. They just used the excuse of the economic crisis. They’re greedy, and now they won’t give us a penny back.”
The company has started a 30-day consultation for closing the factory. Workers are appealing for urgent solidarity.
Send cheques made payable to “Impact Chapel” to Steve Atwill, Unite Regional Officer at Transport House,15/16 The Avenue, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1XF. Email email@example.com