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Print workers set to strike at Paragon CC

Members of Unite at Nottinghamshire-based Paragon Customer Communications are preparing to strike, following disputes over pay.

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78 percent of members at the firm voted in favour of strike action

Those represented by the trade union, around half of the 260 employees at the Sutton-in-Ashfield site, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action following an “insulting” pay offer of just 1 percent from November 1st.

Staff were originally offered no pay increase for the pay year starting November 2018.

Unite regional officer Larry McGlinchey says: “Unite is preparing the notice to be served on the employer outlining strike action at the company in the run-up to Christmas, following the insulting lack of a pay offer originally. Dates will be announced later this week.
 
“Our members would be prepared to accept a pay offer below the retail price index (RPI) for inflation currently running at 3.3 per cent – but they are not going to accept nothing or one per cent.”

The situation is not helped by macho management posturing threatening to move the work from Nottinghamshire to other company sites

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel comments: “The situation is not helped by macho management posturing threatening to move the work from Nottinghamshire to other company sites in the UK and Europe – it has just strengthened our members resolve to seek a decent pay rise.

“Now is the time for the management to get around the table for meaningful and constructive talks to settle this dispute – Unite’s door for talks is open 24/7.”

Talks between the firm and the union had broken down in August, amid reports Unite would be moving ahead with a ballot for strike action.

Paragon CC did not immediately respond to Print Monthly’s request for comment.

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