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Fighting for their jobs against British bosses

by Cècile Pasche, trade union organiser and member of Movement For Socialism in Switzerland
Issue No. 1934

WORKERS AT the Filtrona factory in Switzerland—owned by the British-based company Bunzl—are engaged in a bitter fight to save their factory from closure.

The 150 workers, organised by the Comedia print and graphics union, struck for three weeks in December last year, organising their action through daily mass meetings. Management eventually agreed to negotiations over Christmas, and further talks are set to take place on 13 January.

Workers are warning that unless management meet their demands they will strike again from this date.

Bunzl bought the factory, which produces special cigarette filters, last year. The workers in Crissier, where the factory is based, have good reason to fear for their jobs. The new director of Filtrona’s Swiss operation is Dylan Jones.

He arrived in the country having shut the company’s factory in Rovereto, Italy.

At the Swiss factory production is being wound down and the most productive machines have been dismantled and sent to other sites. Workers from Britain have come to the factory to be taught how to use these machines. Yet Bunzl remain silent on the future of the Swiss workers.

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Sat 15 Jan 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1934
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