A Gloucestershire printing solutions company that boasts that its employees are ‘our greatest asset’ is embroiled in a dispute with its own staff – over cuts to their terms and conditions.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the way that RR Donnelley, whose customers include Barclays, is treating its staff at its Tewkesbury and Barnwood sites is ‘nothing short of scandalous’.
Unite is planning to hold a protest outside the site at Shannon Way, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury GL20 8BL between 12.00 -14.00 on Wednesday (23 March) to highlight what is happening to the 350-strong workforce across the two sites.
Unite regional officer Joanne Galazka said: “We are having major issues at present with the company attacking our members’ terms and conditions. For example, there are plans for drastic reductions in redundancy pay for the 20 plus jobs currently under threat.
“There are also attacks on overtime payments, sickness entitlements, travel payments, shift premiums and other benefits.
“Despite our best efforts the company is point blank refusing to meet with us to discuss these important matters. We are in the 45-day consultation period over the job losses and should be talking to management.
“Unite has had a presence outside the firm’s gates during the lunch breaks so that a large number of workers are able to come and join us, get advice and show their support. This is aimed at raising the issue with the wider Gloucestershire community about what this world-wide company is up to.
“In terms of the redundancy payments, the company is basically reducing it to the statutory minimum from a generous service-related package. About 180 staff could be losing out whether it is losing their jobs or seeing a serious erosion to their terms and conditions. The attack on our members is nothing short of scandalous.
“We find this highly ironic given that on its website, the company boasts that its employees are ‘our greatest assets’– this bears little resemblance to the reality of our members’ experience in Gloucestershire. The company words are worthy of TV’s fictional ‘spin doctor’ Malcolm Tucker.”
Unite currently has no recognition agreement with the company for collective bargaining purposes. It has a membership of about 50, which is growing because of the dispute.
The company’s website says: “Our employees have the expertise to take on the most complex business problems, and the know-how to not only manage the job well, but also to exceed expectations every time. They’re our greatest assets.”
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.