THE AREA of Darwen in Lancashire has been devastated by the announcement of 177 job losses at the Imperial Home Decor Group (IHDG). On Tuesday of last week the workers were assembled and individually picked out for redundancy.
Senior shop steward Adrian Taylor said, 'Loyal workers who have suffered redundancy after redundancy have been treated like crap. This company has been making money but they told us it wasn't.'
The company, which said it was in financial trouble, brought in the receivers, who carried out the job of sacking people on a mass scale. The workers were told they would get no redundancy pay. Even pensions will be frozen. Some workers had over 30 years service with the company but this counted for nothing.
The job losses can create a breeding ground for the British National Party. It's relatively close to Mill Hill where there is a BNP councillor. A demonstration against the job losses is being organised for next week. As Adrian stated, 'We have got to show the company that we will not be treated in this way.'
Send messages of support to GPMU House, 18 Tontine Street, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 7ED.