Bosses at Wyndeham Impact printers in Basingstoke have locked out 58 workers after protests over redundancies and wage cuts. They now intend to shut the factory down.
On Friday of last week workers were due to assemble for their 23rd weekly protest at their treatment.
But just before the protest was due to start, management told everyone on the day shift to leave early. The late shift was told not to come in. The factory’s gates were locked.
A skeleton workforce has been kept on to wind the plant down.
Bosses are posting out redundancy agreements for workers to sign, offering only a week’s basic pay for every year they have worked on top of statutory redundancy.
One of the workers told Socialist Worker, “Since Friday, everyone has been in a state of shock. This factory shouldn’t close, it’s still making a profit.”
Sara Bennett, from Unite’s national executive, spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. She said, “The union needs to be 100 percent behind any group of workers who are willing to stand and fight.
“The union needs to take a lead and do everything it can to get support for these workers.”
Send messages of support to Wyndeham Unite, FOC (union rep) Steve Adams 07884 430 305