Wednesday, 6 February 2013

UNITE Press Release: Former print boss disqualified for false invoicing

Former print boss disqualified for false invoicing

Print workers will not be shedding any tears for Mike Dolan, the former boss of the long established book printers Butler and Tanner who has been disqualified from holding a directorship for eight years for false invoicing.

Mike Dolan and Ben Crozier, directors of the failed print group Media & Print Investments (MPI), were disqualified for eight years each from 1 February 2013 at a court hearing on 11 January. The court found that MPI had breached its factoring agreement by raising two false invoices totalling £440,461 and obtaining payment on them.

In 2008 Mr Dolan tried to impose cuts to pay and conditions on staff at Butler and Tanner as well as making demands on working time, holidays and shift patterns which went well below print industry standards. The Unite chapel at the company refused to be bullied into submission, which led to a bitter and lawful dispute at its Frome factory in Somerset. The company was eventually bought by publisher Felix Dennis.

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: 

"Unite print workers will not be shedding any tears for Mike Dolan. Back in 2008 he waged a bitter war against his loyal and dedicated workforce in Somerset, at a print company with an amazing legacy.
"Mr. Dolan tried to blame Unite for his downfall - which is nonsense. The true facts came out in the insolvency hearing. Unite said at the time that there was no place in the print industry for Mr Dolan and this judgement proves that our judgement was right."

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