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14 August 2012
Unite members at Gomer Press in Llandysul, Ceredigion are to strike tomorrow for half-a-day in response to enforced changes to pay and conditions and 'a culture of bullying and harassment of union members'.
The members will strike tomorrow and if there is no settlement will stage two more half-day strikes and then nine 24-hour strikes every Wednesday for the next 12 weeks.
Unite regional officer David Lewis said: “Unite members at Gomer Press have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action. The unanimous support for action is testament to the terrible treatment that our members have been on the receiving end of.
“Members are making it loud and clear to the company that enough is enough - the culture of bullying and harassment of union members has to stop.
“We've had countless reports of local officials and union members being bullied. The company needs to take heed of what its employees are telling it by the ballot - the culture needs to change and the workforce needs to be treated with decency and respect.”
Unite national officer Steve Sibbald said: “Our members, most of whom have worked for the company for a long time and live and work in this small community, were very reluctant to take strike action against the company, but are very angry, hence the unanimous decision.
“Unfortunately, this is one of those managements that has its head firmly stuck in the sand and is not listening to its workforce and is not taking account of the strength of feeling.”
The ballot for industrial action is in response to the imposition of a pay award without any negotiations, terms and conditions in relation to the rate for the job and changes to the sickness benefit scheme.