Print workers in the Unite union at both the Guardian Print Centre and Trinity Mirror Group are balloting for industrial action.
Trinity workers are fighting against a pay freeze while workers at the Guardian are balloting against proposed compulsory redundancies.
The Guardian Media Group has blamed the redundancies on financial losses incurred due to the “advertising downturn”.
But its accounts show that the losses were a direct consequence of the financial restructuring of the group.
Private equity firm Apax Partners is being allowed to keep all of £200 million of profits at Auto Trader and Emap—the joint ventures over 50 percent owned by the Guardian.
The losses also stem from falling revenue from hedge fund investments.
Management has tried to divide people by putting some “at risk of redundancy” while telling others their jobs are safe.
But workers recognise that even those who keep their jobs will suffer as a result, being forced to do the same amount of work with fewer staff.
Worried by the anger shown by print workers, management are now attempting to use divide and rule tactics.
Activists are countering by arguing for unity to defend jobs and fight compulsory redundancies.
A massive “yes” vote in the ballot is the best answer to management tactics. Ballot papers are due to go out this week.
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