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Print job losses branded a “bitter blow”

Following the closure of 174-year-old Archant’s print arm, Britain and Ireland’s largest Union, Unite has spoken out about the impact this will have on the Norfolk economy.

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Over 90 jobs are expected to be lost

Although staff were informed that the “majority” would move to one of the new third-party suppliers, the closure is now expected to result in the loss of 96 jobs next month.

Archant will outsource the publishing of over 50 regional newspapers including East Anglian Daily Times, and The Newham Recorder, to Newsprinters Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.

Unite has described this as “another nail in the coffin” for the local area amidst recent closures of major companies including Colman’s and Britvic.

Many of Archant’s titles have been published in Norwich for many years, with the Eastern Daily Press having been printed in the city since the 1870s.

There is real anger that the Archant management appears to have misled customers to believe that the workers’ employment would transfer with the work

Mark Walker, regional officer of Unite, comments: “What is happening to the Archant print operation is another nail in the coffin for industries traditionally associated with Norwich and comes hard on the heels of the closure of Colman’s and Britvic.”

Describing the number of recent job losses in the industrial and manufacturing sectors as “unacceptable”, Walker continues: “There is real disappointment amongst a loyal workforce at Archant that the printing of local newspaper titles will be carried out over 100 miles away in Hertfordshire.

“There is real anger that the Archant management appears to have misled customers to believe that the workers’ employment would transfer with the work. This is a real slap in the face for the dedicated workforce – many of whom have been with the company for over 20 years.”

Unite is launching a campaign to save the Archant print jobs which has already gained the support of Norwich South MP, Clive Lewis.

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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