Unite the Union

Unite the Union

January 08, 2008 11:07 ET

South Wales paper announce its intention to stop printing in Wales

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 8, 2008) - Unite, the UK's largest trade union, is angered by the South Wales Argus' announcement today that they want to stop printing its' paper in Newport and move it to an alternative site outside of Wales.

Unite members, without any consultation or notice, were told today of the papers intentions to close its print facility even though the company invested in brand new printing equipment just over a year ago.

The South Wales Argus, owned by Newsquest, is one of a few daily evening papers still printed and published in Wales. First published in 1892, originally by a localised family firm, it has a rich history in the area and if this proposed move goes ahead all this will be lost. Unite say this will be a tragedy, not just for Newport but for the whole of South Wales where, yet again, printing as a process is being transferred out of Wales.

The paper wants distribution to remain in Newport, so the printed newspapers will need to be transported before distribution takes place. Deadlines will be shorter, due to the travel time, this will undoubtedly affect the quality of the paper and readers will not have the most current and up to date Welsh news.

Unite Regional Officer, Garry Owen, said:

"The paper is treating our members and also its readers with utter contempt with this immoral decision. The Argus should enter into meaningful discussions with us over ways and means of avoiding this move.

"The consultation period begins today and our first concern is for our members and their families, for whom this will have come as a major blow. We will seek urgent meetings with the management in an effort to retain the print facility in Newport thereby avoiding any job losses at all and certainly any compulsory redundancies. We believe that Welsh news should provide Welsh jobs."

Contact Information

  • Garry Owen
    07795 428401
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761