Leeds firm, Graphic Packaging has been accused of ‘dragging its feet’ in starting the consultation process over the threat to 76 jobs, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Friday 3 May).
Unite regional officer Andy Cullen said: “I have contacted Graphic Packaging requesting the 30-day consultation process to start, but, so far, I have had no response.
“I am concerned that since the announcement on 15 April, Graphic Packaging has not contacted me or arranged with any of the fathers of the chapel (shop stewards) at the site to begin consultations.
“Given the problems we are facing in the printing industry, and the difficult jobs market In Yorkshire and nationally, you would expect that a reputable company would do what is required to consult with its employees - our members - to help them during this difficult period.
“The management is dragging its feet which is unforgiveable, given that people’s livelihoods are on the line.
“Unite wants to engage in meaningful consultations with the company to avoid the dismissals, reduce the number of employees who may lose their jobs and mitigate the effects of any redundancies.”
The job loss threat at Graphic Packaging, which prints packaging for ready meals and other products, comes after a review, following its takeover of Contego Packaging Holdings Ltd and A&R Carton Holding BV in 2012. The company employs about 450 in Leeds.
For further information please contact Andy Cullen on 07718 666581 and or senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.