Support printers at Paragon – on strike after seven-year pay freeze

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.

How to help

>> Send messages of support via Unite regional officer, Dave Telford

>> Send donations (cheques payable to Moore Paragon NGA Chapel Sunderland) to 1 Wavenden Crescent, High Barnes, Sunderland SR4 8LW

>> Visit the picket line at Pallion Trading Estate, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR4 6ST on Friday

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.

In dispute? Tell us

If you are on strike or in dispute, please tell us and give details of where to send messages of support and donations.

Email the website editor and we will put out a call for solidarity.

Please include your phone number for us to get in touch (we won’t publish it).

Pic: from Workers Uniting

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