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Kent newsprint firm ‘brutally’ sacks 234 workers today

Kent newsprint firm ‘brutally’ sacks 234 workers today

24 February 2015

Unite, the country’s largest union, will be seeking legal advice, following the ‘brutal’ decision to sack 234 workers at Aylesford Newsprint in Kent today (Tuesday 24 February) – just one day after it was announced that the company was going into administration.

Unite hit out at the decision of the administrators KPMG to sack 234 employees without even bothering to meaningfully engage in consultations.
 
Sixty-four workers are being kept on for maintenance purposes. Unite has about 150 members at the firm.

Unite regional officer Tim Elliott said: “I am absolutely disgusted by the brutal and heartless actions of the administrators who have apparently made no effort at all to explore options to keep this company going in some form.

“Unite won’t roll over when it comes to defending its members and we will be seeking legal advice following this harsh action delivered in honeyed words by the administrators.

“We want a proper consultation period involving serious negotiations to save as many jobs as possible. The closure of this plant will be a massive blow to the Kentish economy as it is one of the biggest employers in the area.”

The company, which has been owned by US investment holding company Martland Holdings for the last couple of years, produces more than 400,000 tonnes of recycled newsprint every year. It has been manufacturing in Kent since 1922.

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For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

Notes to editors: 

  • 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.