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New threat to striking Wyndeham workers

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2271

Bosses at Wyndeham Impact printers in Basingstoke have said they will shut the factory—because they want even larger profits.

In 2009, workers at the company took a pay cut of 13 percent, costing some as much a £86 a week.

Bosses said this would be reversed after a year—which it wasn’t. They also said that that if the factory closed, workers would be reimbursed the wages they lost.

Since then, the plant has seen 22 weeks of sustained action by workers, which has included two-hour walkouts over redundancies and wage cuts.

Bosses are now saying redundancy terms will mean workers receive only a week’s basic pay for every year they worked.

Steve Adams, father of the Unite union chapel at Wyndham Impact, told Socialist Worker, “They are making money. But they’re saying they would only stay open if they took even higher profits.”

The union plans to continue its campaign of action.

Workers will be protesting this Friday. They now face the imminent closure of the plant. Union reps were set to meet in London this week. Rush messages to [email protected] and get the biggest turnout possible on Friday 30 September, from 4.30pm until 8.30pm, Wyndeham Impact, Impact House, Grafton Way, West Ham Industrial Estate, Basingstoke, RG22 6HY

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Tue 27 Sep 2011, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2271
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