Clays book printer job losses

Unite to mount strong campaign to save jobs at Suffolk book printer

09 March 2017

Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Thursday 9 March) that it would mount a strong campaign to retain the estimated 120 jobs under threat at Suffolk book printer, Clays.

Unite regional officer Mark Walker said: "Clays is the heart of the local community in Bungay and Unite members are the heart of Clays.

"This is a highly skilled and loyal workforce that is understandably concerned about job security in these economically challenging times.

"Unite has entered into a statutory period of collective consultation with management and will fight every step of the way to secure terms and conditions, and avoid compulsory redundancies.

“We want to mitigate the impact of any job losses and we will be mounting the strongest possible defence of our members’ jobs.

“We understand there are over 100 jobs placed at risk of redundancy, mainly affecting the shop floor in the pre-press, print and bindery departments.”

Unite has about 550 members at Clays and represents the majority of the 700-strong workforce.

The firm’s website says: ‘Established over 200 years ago Clays is recognised as a market leading book production specialist, printing over 140 million books every year.’


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: 

  • 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.