Friday, 5 July 2013

Messages of support needed for Print workers strike

Print workers strike as management reneges on pay deal  

(Unite Press release)

Print workers from Crown Speciality Packaging in Bootle are due to take two more days of strike action in protest at management reneging on a previously agreed wage increase for the installation and operation of a new printing press.

Workers took part in the first of three one day stoppages last Friday  28 June  and will strike again on Friday 5 July and Friday 12 July.

Unite members will be outside the plant at Heysham Road, Bootle, L30 6UR from 06.00 on Friday 5 July followed by a demonstration outside the company`s new factory  from 13.00 in Trinity Park, Orrell Lane, Merseyside, L20 6PB . 

The company produces a wide range of metal cans and packaging for household brandssuch as Cadbury Roses, Jacobs Biscuits and Jeyes Fluid.

Unite regional officer Phil Morgan said: "Our members had no wish to embark upon this action, but they are extremely angry at management`s blatant attempt to renege on an agreement which had been negotiated in good faith and accepted by our members."

An agreement was concluded and confirmed in writing for the installation and operation of a new four-colour printing press and a new seasonal hours shift pattern. The agreement provided for a seven per cent increase for all members employed in the print department, however the company have now reneged on the deal.

Messages of support to Father of Chapel (senior rep) Alan Bell at

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