25 July 2012
Members of trade union Unite at Sunderland-based printing firm Paragon staged a 24-hour strike today and will be out on strike again on Friday 27 July.
The strikes this week follow two earlier days on the picket line over Paragon’s threats to undercut shift and overtime premiums – these are standard in the printing industry and make an important difference to workers’ take-home pay.
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Profits at the printing company soared from £300,000 to £716,000 last year, but the workers have already had their pay frozen for seven years.
Unite national officer Steve Sibbald said:
After seven years of pay freezes, and now a major attack on terms and conditions, our members have had enough. Unite members voted unanimously for strike action in June, and they have already taken two days of strike action. They are determined to stop this attack on their livelihoods.