Britain’s largest union, Unite vowed to secure ‘pay justice’ for workers at the troubled Kent print firm Stones Ashford Limited today (Friday 24 November) as it accused the firm’s parent company Henry Stone Printers of contemptible behaviour.
Around 100 workers at Stones Ashford were sent home on Friday 17 November after the power was cut off following non-payment of an electricity bill. Over the past week Unite has repeatedly sought guarantees from parent company Henry Stone Printers that workers will be paid on Tuesday 28 November as well as clarity over the Ashford print firm’s future.
Instead, according to Unite, bosses at the parent company have gone into hiding leaving a loyal workforce in limbo not knowing whether they will be able to afford Christmas.
Commenting regional officer Phil Silkstone said: “Loyal workers at Stones Ashford face an uncertain Christmas thanks to the contemptible behaviour of the parent company Henry Stone Printers.
“Henry Stone Printers is openly boasting to customers that it is investing in its Banbury operation, so it can quite clearly pay workers at Stones Ashford the money they are owed.
“Instead bosses have gone into hiding leaving the workforce in limbo not knowing whether the future means a new owner or the firm going into administration.
“Henry Stone Printers needs to provide urgent answers and guarantees that workers will be paid. Bosses should be under no illusion that Unite will use every tool at its disposal to ensure the Stones Ashford workforce get their hard earned wages and are treated with respect.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.