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Striking print workers escalate their struggle

Issue No. 2269

Print workers at Wyndeham Impact in Basingstoke are facing redundancy in an escalation of a long-running dispute.

Workers have struck every Friday for the past 20 weeks against pay cuts, redundancies and attacks on their conditions.

Management has now begun a review process which could close the site.

Kirk Raper, deputy Father of the Chapel (union rep) told Socialist Worker, “It hurts to be threatened with redundancy when the place is still making money”.

Workers took a temporary 13 percent pay cut in 2009. The cut was supposed to be reversed after a year.

But Wyndeham was bought by private equity firm Walstead Investments, who refused to honour this agreement.

Lee, one of the youngest workers at the site, told Socialist Worker, “When I started work here six years ago it was in the hope of getting a future in the industry”.

Now that future is under threat.

Rally at the picket line: Friday 16 September, 6pm, Wyndeham Impact.

Send cheques made payable to “Impact Chapel” to Steve Atwill, Unite Regional Officer at Transport House,15/16 The Avenue, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1XF.

Send messages of support to keegan20001@aol.co.uk


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Tue 13 Sep 2011, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2269
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