About 200 jobs at Cinram Logistics in Aylesbury, which distributes DVDs of well-known brands, are under threat, Unite, the country’s largest union, has warned.
The reason is that Cinram lost its Universal Pictures contract to Sony DADC UK in Enfield in May. The contract, which ends tomorrow (Friday 30 June), equated to about 70 per cent of the work at the Aylesbury site.
Unite said that Cinram's position was that all warehouse and office staff should TUPE - Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations - transfer to Sony DADC. Unite represents vast majority of the Aylesbury workforce.
Following pressure from Unite, Cinram identified 115 employees that it considered should be TUPE’d. However, Sony's position is that only a small proportion of these 115 workers should be transferred.
As a result on Monday (3 July), there could be a lot of those 115 workers who will be out of work and will not receive any redundancy money.
Unite has organised for its 115 members to travel to the Sony DADC site at 6 Solar Way, Enfield EN3 7XY at 09.00 on Monday (3 July) so they can ‘report to work’. They expect to be turned away by Sony bosses.
The remaining 111 members at Cinram not on the TUPE list remain employed by Cinram.
However, Cinram has indicated that it can’t continue without the Universal contract. The management has assured Unite that it can afford to pay wages for July and possibly August.
Meanwhile, the search for a buyer for the company continues. However, if that fails, Cinram will have to go into administration and the remaining employees will be left to claim their statutory redundancy from the government.
Unite regional officer Marie Hall said: “We are disappointed that Sony has taken such a hard line about the TUPE and redundancy issues – we hope that Monday’s demo leads to a softening of their position.
“We understand that the reason for the highly-profitable Sony’s stance over TUPE is that it does not wish to pay redundancy payments to those staff unable to travel from Aylesbury to Enfield on a daily basis. This is not acceptable.
“We hope that Cinram can find a buyer for the Aylesbury site as that would secure the future employment of those remaining there. If Cinram does go into administration, our members will face losing their jobs with only the government’s statutory redundancy payments.
“Unite will be giving the maximum support to all the Cinram workers at this very difficult times for them and their families and fighting for the best deal possible.”
On its website, Cinram says it is ‘one of the largest providers of supply chain solutions to some of the most exciting companies and brands within the FMCG, home entertainment and retail industries. For over 40 years we have worked with some great companies including Universal Pictures’.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.